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issue 31 | winter 2013

hot fashion

what’s brewing?

strange addictions locals confess

Spinning a yarn

winter in wool

position pole

a grip on fitness

bird issue 31 $4.95 AUS (Inc. GST)

on the brink

saving the Bush stone-curlew

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s a local, it has always been very important to me to support the local community. right here in Bendigo, we are lucky enough to have some of the best quality wines available, so it is important to me to support these local wineries. We stock wines from approximately 35 different wineries in the local area. so if you don’t have the chance to visit the cellar door, these wines are available at la piazza. Visit our wine room and purchase wine by the bottle - just like the cellar door. Or stay for a while, have a glass of wine or two and enjoy the atmosphere that la piazza has to offer. We have wine tastings saturday & sunday from our region’s renowned local vineyards. enjoy a friendly relaxed atmosphere while experiencing the best & freshest of local produce from our menu including a mediterranean influenced selection of tapas, pizza, main courses & desserts all created in house. i’m also back in the kitchen, training and guiding some wonderfully talented young chefs with a brand new italian menu focusing on fresh produce.

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Ask any young professional and the vast majority will tell you the same story- to succeed you must live and breathe your profession. When your peers are out-and-about, experiencing what the world has to offer, there is a fair chance you will be hard at work, striving for what you whole-heartedly believe you can achieve. At no point will this be a burden because you hold an inherent love for what you do. A fitting example of this philosophy is restaurateur Paul Smilie. At only 30 years of age Paul recently purchased Bendigo’s own ‘The Exchange’. Having worked within the local hospitality industry for the best part of his life, Paul is no stranger to rolling up his sleeves and working hard. His journey from humble beginnings as a bus-boy, to manager and now restaurant owner is testament to his attitude. Of course life is not all hard work for Paul. Like everyone he has his passions beyond The Exchange. Fittingly, he is a purveyor of great food and even better beer. He enjoys time amongst family and friends, who Paul claims are his greatest supporters. His family can be attributed to giving him the encouragement a young man needs to take bigger and greater steps towards his goal of owning one of Bendigo’s most reputable establishments. Paul’s is a homegrown story through and through and like any great Bendigo success story, Paul requires the opportunity to demonstrate what he’s made of. Over the coming months the community will notice vast, positive changes occurring at The Exchange. A bigger and brighter future awaits. Paul would love for you to be part of his journey.

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editor Andrea Coates

Contributor – Branch Manager, NAB Bendigo Do you have a slightly strange addiction or obsession?

production editor Steve Kendall

I would certainly say my obsession would be following the sport of supercross – I’ve even travelled to the USA on three different occasions to watch various races of the supercross live. It’s a more extravagant form of motocross but on shorter tracks with bigger jumps. I’ve read it’s the second most physically demanding sport in the world (after soccer) which makes me really appreciate what the riders on their motorbikes can do.

style editor Katarina McNeill creative director Dustin Schilling graphic designer Samantha Allen style co-ordinator Rhylee Elliott marketing and advertising Lyn Chapman on 0414 393 538

What AFL team do you follow? Ever since the 1980 Grand Final I have been a keen Richmond fan... I’m sure this year is our year. How do you like your coffee? Skinny latte with no sugar for me.

ASH MCAULIFFE Contributor – Financial Planner, Hillross Do you have a slightly strange addiction or obsession? None I don’t think, but when I asked my wife she gave a full and comprehensive list, but since you asked for a short answer, she said that the most annoying habit is that I have to watch TV episodes in order and if I miss a TV episode I can’t watch any more until I’ve caught up.

writers Ben Cameron, Curt Dupriez, Vicki Harrington, Sarah Harris, Geoff Hocking, John Holton, Colin King, Ash McAuliffe, Hayley Plant, Mary Pomfret, Raelee Tuckerman, Megan Spencer, Tania Ryan, Dianne Dempsey and Basil Curtis contributors Tim Baxter, Bryan Coghlan, Kylie Freer, Ashley Raeburn, Justin McPhail and Chris DeAraugo photography Terri Basten, David Field, Anthony Webster Andrew Perryman, Vicki Harrington, Sally Stoel, Rebecca Gray and Bill Conroy work experience Leah Hotke

What AFL team do you follow?

print manager Nigel Quirk

Western Bulldogs… Yep... I’ll be waiting a while.

distribution co-ordinator Bendigo Distribution Services

How do you like your coffee?

GROUP EDITOR Anthony Radford


publisher Bendigo Publishing

DR DEANNE ESPOSITO Contributor – Chiropractor, Global Chiropractic Do you have a slightly strange addiction or obsession? At the moment… handbags. When my husband comments, I say it is for ‘us’ as I always get lumped with carrying his keys, wallet etc. What AFL team do you follow?

Phone (03) 5444 5868 Fax (03) 5444 4313 PO Box 324 Bendigo VIC 3552 172 McIvor Road, Bendigo VIC 3550 This magazine is printed using vegetable based inks on an elemental chlorine free paper. Sourced using sustainable forestry practices and manufactured using the ISO 14001 environmental management systems.

Melbourne. I will always be a Demons supporter at heart. Even though I have lost touch with them because our house is totally taken over by Carlton due to my husband’s obsession with them.

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Not the best question for me as I don’t like coffee. I love the smell but cannot stand the taste. It is quite amazing as I grew up in the hospitality industry working in our family business, serving coffee all day.

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editor’s letter

Bendigo Magazine writer Sarah came to me with the idea of a feature story to uncover the obscure habits and obsessions that some Bendigo locals have (see page 29) after being inspired by the television show My Strange Addiction. I admit that I have spent far too much time completely engrossed in this late night TV expose. I got to thinking about my own slightly strange addiction and wondered, do all of us have that one thing we do that others may perceive as a little peculiar? I’m going to put my slightly strange addiction out there – I like to sleep with a fan on. Yes, even in the middle of winter. The gentle hum and cool breeze on my face puts me in a state of complete bliss. I’ll put it down to genetics as my sister does the same thing. This winter issue of Bendigo Magazine is painted with a little creative flair. We celebrate the Bendigo Writers Festival on page 71 and spin a yarn at the Bendigo Woollen Mills on page 91. We meet a local lawyer who also doubles as a music composer on page 78 and is able to balance it all after his recent move to Bendigo. We see art of a different type in the way of pole dancing on page 180 – the latest fitness craze to sweep Bendigo, where the perception and reality really are poles apart. This issue we meet Judy Crocker of the Mid-Loddon Landcare and Conservation Network on page 50, who are working to protect the endangered Bush Stone-curlew, a bird whose population has been reduced to just a handful in north-central Victoria. We also spend some time with the team at Radius Disability Services on page 55 who are celebrating their Diamond Jubilee this August. The centre’s role in providing services for adults with an intellectual disability has gone from strength to strength over the past 60 years. I’m not much of a wrap for the season of winter and spend most of my days longing for the warmth and longer evenings to return, however, I have taken note of some wise words my mother has said to me on more than one occasion – “Find an appreciation and love for every season.” This winter my appreciation lies in gorgeous scarves, gloves and hats from Bendigo Hat Shop, creamy cups of coffee from Brewhouse, a glass of red by the fire at the Wine Bank, homemade pumpkin soup and cosy nights under my new throw rug. That does sound kinda nice.


issue 31 | winter 2013

hot fashion

what’s brewing?

strange addictions

locals confess

Spinning a yarn

winter in wool

pole po sition a grip on fitness

issue 31 $4.95 AUS (Inc. GST)


On the cover The smile of gorgeous local Chelsea Sirolli is enough to warm the coldest winter day and was captured by photographer David Field. Chelsea is dressed by local retailers Bendigo Hat Shop and Est Boutique and is enjoying a cup of coffee at Brewhouse Coffee Roasters at their new location in Hargreaves Street, Bendigo.

on the brink

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29 my slightly strange addiction

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All about us Editor’s letter Letters to the editor What’s on? Calendar of events In the know Competitions


Fashion & Beauty 105 107 131 133 136

Tried and tested This season Winter accessories Kid’s fashion Structural fragility



Arts & Entertainment 78 For art’s sake 86 B.Entertained 144 Tech head

House & Garden 154 Home solutions 160 Garden advice 163 On site

Business 166 New business 169 Quiz the experts

People 41 49 50 53 55 69 71 85

The graduate My favourite things Nature calls A worthy cause Bendigo milestone Local story Bendigo Writers Festival Why Bendigo?

Food & Wine 95 96 99 101

A nice drop A good brew From the foodie Chef’s choice

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Life 45 58 63 81 131 139 141 143 145 146 149 168 178 180 183

Petit pixel Be a part of this Bendigo landmark Bendigo memories Cogho’s couch Cute kids Mum says Chris says A man’s word Feature brides Local weddings Cute pets Travelogue Extreme fitness Test drive


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We love to hear your thoughts and feelings about Bendigo Magazine – as it is YOUR magazine. Please drop us a line, via post, email, our website, Facebook or Twitter and tell us what you love or what you think should be included. Hi there, I just wanted to let you guys know how moved and thrilled I was to see the current cover of Bendigo Magazine. For a long time Bendigo has been considered a very conservative place. This story shows, not only us locals, but to its visitors, nationally  and internationally, that we are a progressive community. Dean, Mark and Neena’s story is incredibly moving and incredibly necessary.


Thank you for bringing the beautiful story to the wider community.

Very proud to be involved even slightly in this amazing journey that Jenny, Amanda and Susan embark on every Monday morning. It has been a really long haul organising and creating bush kinder in Spring Gully – huge congratulations to Jenny and the amazing parents who spent many hours volunteering their time. And to LMPA who supported the idea. YAY bush kinder!


Kelly Walsh Yay! New Bendigo Mag out!

Hi Andrea! Belgium chocolate and the ‘known health benefits’ of good-quality chocolate – a great article with even better timing. I’m polishing off the last of the Easter bunny’s offerings, thinking the lure of the brown stuff had worn off for another season and BANG! Hayley Tibbett is enticing me with Belgium chocolatey goodness. You win this round Hayley, you win. May I have one red chilli infused chocolates please?

Check out Quiz the Experts and A Man’s Word.... Some prize winning literature if ever I’ve read it! — with Lisa McAuliffe. Ash McAuliffe

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Good morning Andrea, Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the donation of the Bendigo Magazines we used to promote our fabulous region at the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Nursing and Health Expo. The event was held on April 21 at the Melbourne Convention Centre and saw over 4500 people through the doors. Many of these attendees were keen to find out more on pursuing a nursing or midwifery career at Bendigo Health. The Nursing and Health Expos were established in 1999 and are the only event specifically dedicated to enhancing the profile of nursing as a profession. The aim is to promote recruitment to and retention of the nursing and midwifery workforce whilst providing a great professional networking opportunity for healthcare organisations. The beautiful fun glossy magazines sparked up many a conversation about our fabulous town and the great opportunities that go with living in the Bendigo region. As you can see, we had the tables loaded up with magazines and they were very quickly whisked away by the expo attendees. Thanks again! Claire, Bendigo Health.

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warm your winter Looking for something to do over the cooler months? Check out the line up of events and festivals we having coming up in Bendigo this winter.

HEATHCOTE ON SHOW June 8 – June 10 Heathcote on Show is set to be another fantastic weekend as it has been in previous years. Experience the joy of tasting amazing wines or take a tour of the vineyards and wineries. Tutored master classes and the opportunity to learn how wine is made will also be on offer. As well as indulging in wine and food throughout the Heathcote region you can enjoy live music and participate in community activities. Venue: High Street, Heathcote, Victoria

AUSTRALIAN SNOOKER GOLDFIELDS OPEN July 8 – July 14 Bendigo welcomes the Australian Snooker Goldfields open, an exciting world-class event. About 66 countries will experience the beautiful Goldfields Region through a global broadcast which will help promote Regional Victoria throughout the world. This event will be hosted in the Bendigo stadium and will feature the top 16 world ranked players plus 16 qualifiers, with the lowest two qualifiers playing the two Australian Wild Card entrants. This is a great chance for Victorians and visitors to experience some thrilling, top sporting action. Venue: Bendigo Stadium

AUSTRALIAN SHEEP AND WOOL SHOW July 19 – July 21 Since 1877 the Australian Sheep and Wool Show has been successful in attracting people of all ages from across Australia to visit Bendigo. The Show features wool handling and sheep shearing competitions as well as the opportunity to speak to sheep dog trainers, watch sheepdog trials and visit the animal nursery. Women are also encouraged to experience ‘Women of Wool’, celebrating women who work with wool. It offers fashion parades and the opportunity to buy hand-crafted products from more than 250 stall holders. Cooking and carving classes are also available at the Festival of Lamb site. Venue: Bendigo Showgrounds

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The Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society (Melbourne) Award recipient 2009, Emma Feilden, Tea Infusers, 925 sterling silver and buffalo horn.


Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award - Post Office Gallery June 29 – July 28 Bendigo Art Gallery is pleased to host the 12th Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award in partnership with BUDA Historic Home and Garden, Castlemaine. The Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award is a unique national biennial exhibition with acquisitive and non-acquisitive prizes, showcasing contemporary silver and metalwork practice in Australia. The award exhibition was established in 1988 by Buda Historic Home and Garden, to commemorate the significant contribution to Australian silversmithing by the noted colonial silversmith, Ernst Leviny. The Leviny family lived at BUDA for more than 118 years. The Award exhibition will be held at Post Office Gallery, a satellite space of Bendigo Art Gallery, at 51 – 67 Pall Mall, Bendigo. This is a leading event in Australia for the promotion of contemporary gold and silversmiths and jewellers, celebrating innovation and excellence in design formerly organised by Buda House, Castlemaine.

Bendigo.... we’re on a roll. After a first-time festival that put good old-fashioned hospitality high on the priority list, this year, we’re tuning up for a hum-dinger. Songwriting is in the spotlight; powerful words from writers such as David Bridie, Shane Howard, Sal Kimber, Lucie Thorne, Geoffrey Williams, and Charles Jenkins. A weekend in Bendigo has to include a little indulgence: Max Allan, Richard Cornish and Andrea Frost on the menu. Pre-election, politics is on the program: Malcolm Fraser, James Button, Dennis Glover and Margaret Simons talk about powerful speeches. Children’s writing, poetry, biography, history, screenwriting and how to write: something for everyone at the newest, warmest festival around. Venue: The Capital Theatre




Whodunit? Murder Mystery at Menagerie Park

Bendigo Prince of Wales Showgrounds Market

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Discovery Science & Technology Centre

Bendigo Showgrounds

The Capital Theatre Bendigo.

Until JUNE 16

JUNE 8 – JUNE 10


Clay Masters

Heathcote On Show

Kate Miller-Heidke with Special Guest Franky Walnut

Living Art Centre

High Street, Heathcote, Victoria

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JUNE 14 – JUNE 15

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Possum Magic 2013 – The Final Farewell Tour

JUNE 29 – JULY 28

Mapping of Great Change: the landscape of central Victoria

The Capital Theatre Bendigo.

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Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award 2013

Post Office Gallery

JUNE 15 – JUNE 16

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Heathcote Cellar Door Experience



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Post Office Gallery

Bendigo Art Gallery

Creedence Clearwater Recycled Show


All Season’s Quality Resort

JUNE 1 – JULY 28

The Australian Bee Gees – The Trilogy Tour

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2013 Bendigo Art Gallery

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Award winning beauties Situated in Fountain Court next to the new Bendigo Bank building, Brazilian Beauty Bendigo offers a private retreat within the city centre for all of your beauty needs. The salon offers professional beauty products and services recommended and performed by fully qualified beauticians and therapists specialising in microdermabrasion, injectable fillers and hair removal.

word on the street The Bendigo business community is constantly adapting, evolving and doing great things. Here is the latest word on the business street. Hi-Light Priding themselves on expert knowledge, quality and service, Hi-Light is a family owned business which has been operating in Bendigo since 1974. The team at Hi-Light provides heating and cooling solutions using external and internal window coverings, manufacture security doors and grilles including the industry leading Crimsafe and provide blind and awning solutions through Australia’s leading suppliers including Luxaflex.

The 2012 Brazilian Beauty awards ball was held recently at Cloudland in Brisbane and the Bendigo team was in attendance. Brazilian Beauty Bendigo is a standalone salon in the state of Victoria and to be recognised at these awards is an achievement the team are thrilled about. Stacey Verdon, co-ordinator of Brazilian Beauty Bendigo won an award for leadership excellence, beautician Demi Pell won the most valuable team member award, Brazilian Beauty Bendigo won the customer service excellence award and also walked away with the highly-coveted salon of the year award. The Brazilian Beauty Bendigo team wishes to thank all of their wonderful clients who made the award possible and for their continued support. Brazilian Beauty is located at Shop 23 Fountain Court, Bendigo or phone (03) 5443 8855.

Hi-Light Bendigo employs 20 people and you can rest assured that from start to finish you will working with Hi-Light employees and not relying on third party contractors – to ensure peace of mind, quality and reliable follow up service for their customers. The Hi-Light showroom and factory is located at 109 Breen Street, Bendigo and can be contacted on (03) 5442 4222 or visit

The Exchange The Exchange is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch and Tuesday to Saturday for dinner also. The Exchange, located on the ground floor of the Bendigo Bank head office, is the perfect venue for your afterwork drinks, corporate dinners, catching up with mates and functions. Go and check out the progress of the revamp and be seen at the newest place in town. The team at The Exchange aims to go above and beyond customer expectations, providing a highly memorable experience with the flexibility and versatility to cater for all. You can visit The Exchange at Shop 11, New Bendigo Bank Centre, contact them on (03) 5444 2060.

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Hotel for All Seasons

Hairem Scarem The team at Hairem Scarem will do anything but scare’m! With a team of dynamic, highly-trained stylists who deliver the latest in colour and cut techniques on a daily basis, it is little wonder they are regarded as Bendigo’s best kept secret. Speaking of secrets, Hairem Scarem continue to build its success on their core values – listening and understanding their clients needs and delivering with confidence and consistency. The Hairem Scarem team are bridal specialists, master colourists, hair extension experts, and provide a full range of hair services for men and women of all ages. With free and easy parking Hairem Scarem is located at 5/56 Harley Street, Strathdale. For a style that will be noticed, contact the Hairem Scarem team on (03) 5441 4511.

House of Cloth With a focus on natural fibre fabrics the House of Cloth is a retail fabric store located in Bendigo. Having been in operation for three years now, the House of Cloth runs classes for basic and advanced sewing and pattern making and welcomes all skill levels. The closure of the local Bernina dealer presented an opportunity for The House of Cloth to maintain the long history of Bernina products in Bendigo and the House of Cloth is pleased to offer a range of sewing machines and overlockers, as well as a range of accessories including buttons and cottons. The House of Cloth is located at Shop 5 11-13 Retreat Road Flora Hill and is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5:30pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. You can visit the website www., on Facebook at House of Cloth, follow on Twitter @houseofcloth or phone (03) 5443 6400

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From Cairns to Bendigo is a long way but Tom Hedley and his partner Jeanine Cooke were happy to make the move to be handson owners of the All Seasons Hotel Bendigo. “The hotel has been part of our portfolio for some years but commitments in Cairns meant that we had to have managers here. Tom’s been here doing renovations for a couple of years but in May last year he asked me to come and manage the business. I jumped at the opportunity“ Jeanine said. The All Seasons Hotel has something for everyone. Live entertainment shows every six to eight weeks, four-star accommodation, Sporties and JBar, Seasons Bistro, conference rooms suitable for up to 1100 people and beautiful wedding rooms. Renovations both inside and outside are transforming the All Seasons. “We get so much great feedback from our guests on how exciting it is to come here and see what’s changed this week” Jeanine said. “Tom and I are always looking at ways of making it (All Seasons) a more welcoming and exciting place to be”. “The city of Bendigo is beautiful and the people are friendly and welcoming – we love it here,“ Jeanine said. “We have a fantastic team of staff who are all as passionate about the venue as Tom and I are and that’s picked up by our guests. It creates a great vibe. If you haven’t been here for a while you should really come and have a look and say hi.” For bookings and enquiries please contact All Seasons Hotel reception on 03 5443 8166 or visit

Recruitment made easy ESE Consulting is pleased to announce Kate Scott has been promoted into the recruitment consultant position. Kate has a degree in Business majoring in International Business and Human Resource Management and is now in charge of managing ESE Consulting’s temporary workforce. Kate is highly skilled in matching people with their most suitable position in the workforce. Teamed with an approachable personality and a passion for helping people to exceed their own expectations, Kate is sure to help those enlisting the skills of ESE Consulting find a rewarding career. For more information visit ESE Consulting at 108 Mollison Street Bendigo, call them on (03) 5442 6676 or visit

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Est Boutique Located in the heart of Castlemaine, Est Boutique has been a destination for beautiful clothes and accessories for more than eight years. Specialising in clothing for females over 35, Est Boutique is a unique shopping experience with a collection of clothing and labels not readily available. Catering for all sizes up to a ladies’ size 18, Sharon and Lea invite you to stop by for a browse. Est Boutique is located at 62 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine and can be contacted on (03) 5472 2999.

I do I do Jennifer Bull, I do I do Creations Magazine owner and editor, opened her first business aged 18 as an innovative florist in Swan Hill. Her creativity and passion for the wedding industry led to more businesses over the following 20-something years, leading the region in décor hire, fashion events, bridal expos and Bendigo’s first, and still in high demand, couture wedding gown boutique, Poppy’s Bridal Couture. Jennifer’s vision to create a local bridal magazine promoting the Central Victorian wedding industry began in 2003. At the time, there was no quality publication to showcase the amazing photography and evolving wedding businesses locally – only newsprint. With little knowledge of the print industry, Jennifer created the first edition of the annual magazine. Now in its 10th year, I do I do is still the region’s most popular wedding magazine. “We have so many stunning destinations, and an endless supply of creative talent. Central Victoria is a major wedding drawcard and contributing heavily to local economy and tourism”. I do I do Creations Magazine will be available in all regional newsagents mid-June.

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A new look book for Metricon Driven by the growing and unassailable appetite Australians have for home design inspiration, Metricon Australia’s most chosen home builder, has launched LookBook an exciting new online showcase of fresh interior design ideas with a wealth of detailed information. LookBook is all about inspiring an online audience on how to realistically create a stylish home. Whether the browser is looking at building a brand new Metricon home, is renovating, wants to give their existing home a spruce up or would simply like to keep up with latest in interior design and style, LookBook is the online tool for it all. Check out for interactive mood boards of fresh interior design ideas and a wealth of information. Everything on Lookbook has been designed to take the hard work out of styling a home. You can explore themes, customise your space or experiment with finishing touches and save your selections as you go.

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Tons of tins, Maryanne Murdoch

and in time it will be worth a lot of money.”

Like many people, Maryanne Murdoch is partial to a bikkie with a cuppa and it was over one afternoon tea that her collection compulsion began. “I had an Arnott’s tin and we’d just eaten the last biscuit out of it,” she recalls.

Other favourites include a 1938 roadster from the fair motorists series, a clown tin from the 1960s, and a 1958 tin depicting two young boys snow skiing, which still has the original paper identifying it as the alpine assortment.

“I remember thinking, it’s a nice tin I might keep it,” the Castlemaine Health nurse recalls.

“A lot of the older tins had paper on the back which explained the contents.

Fast-forward 10 years and Maryanne now has a colourful collection of 190 tins.

“The hunt for certain tins is part of the hobby. Like I was chasing a square poodle tin for a while and now I am on the lookout for a 1984 treasure chest, but they are really hard to come by.

“I try to collect as many old ones as I can, but they are sort of scarce. People know the value of them these days and put big prices on them. It’s not unusual to see them on eBay with price tags of over $150, but I would never pay that much. “It is good when you make a find in a junk shop or a garage sale and no one knows it has value to collectors. “If you are really lucky you can pick up a rare tin for a couple of dollars.” One of Maryanne’s prize tins is a commemorative one released by Arnott’s to mark the death of cricketing legend Don Bradman in 2001. “The Bradman was one I really wanted because of his place in our history

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“I like the fact the company still regularly puts out new tins containing different assortments and you can keep adding even when you can’t always find antique tins.” Maryanne also has a small side collection of Vegemite-related merchandise including pens, a jigsaw puzzle, placemats, a frisbee and a truck. But it’s the tins and the contents that remain her chief interest. “Of course they are worth more with the contents still intact, but what would I have with my cuppa then?” she laughs.


The juggernaut, Ian Fenselau Antiques expert Ian Fenselau would find himself in very hot water indeed if he attempted to power up his collection of old electric jugs. “I collect jugs from when they were first made in the 1920s through until 1935-40. There are many, many more modern jugs but it is really the first patents that are interesting to me. “It’s the really odd ones, the dangerous ones – the killer jugs if you like - that I collect. “One jug I have has an enclosed top. You had to fill it through the spout, but the spout also had the plug going into it, so you could permanently short-circuit yourself very easily if you weren’t careful. “The best one I have, and I think it’s the only one still in existence, has the lid and the element all connected together, so you take off the lid and the electricals come with it. I haven’t been able to trace it, although it has a black underglaze stencil mark on it.” Like the Victa mower and the Hills Hoist, the electric jug is an Australian development. In the 1920s, Australian manufacturers became the first to use electric elements combined with ceramics to create a household electric jug.

Some time later legislation was introduced to change where the plug entered the jug, to reduce the danger of electrocution. Ian and his wife, Carol, have a particular interest in Australian potteries of the artware period and jugs of this era are particularly valuable. “They were made by Bendigo Pottery in Waverley Ware colours, and Bakewell and Mashman also made electric jugs in some beautiful drizzle colours,” he says. Ian used to have many more jugs, but sold off all but his best 60 some years ago. “Things have changed. When I first started collecting I would pay no more than $30. Now these jugs are quite valuable. “Very broadly, if you see electric jugs with drop-on lids or push-on lids they are very, very collectible,” Ian advises. Now having a small, but highly satisfactory collection, Ian has become somewhat disconnected from the jug market. “I’ve started a small collection of old toasters and I have just brought back a gorgeous Bakelite food processor from New Zealand,” he confides.

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In the can, Gary McGrath Gary McGrath was considerably under-age when he became hooked on beer cans. “I guess I had about about 10 or 12 lined up on my bedhead, kind of like trophies when I was 13 or so,” he recalls. “Then there was was a beer strike one Christmas and you couldn’t get Carlton Draught so they bought Coopers and other beers in from South Australia. I thought, you beauty, some new cans. That’s how it sort of started.” He now boasts his own special room where he displays 3500 of his best cans, all having been carefully drained from the bottom to keep the ring pull intact as is the method with serious collectors. But even without their amber contents some of the tins are worth $200 to $300 apiece. “I have a full box of those Duff beer cans which people are putting on eBay for crazy money, but I am just happy to have the cans,” Gary says. The oldest item in his collection is a pre-war Melbourne Bitter can, while his favourite is probably a VB can with a T-shirt inside. Other special cans include a Three Stooges can from America and a prototype of one of a number of cans designed as a tribute to Brisbane Broncos legend Allan “Alfie” Langer. “Most of my collection is Australian, but I have dedicated one wall to overseas cans because of the pictures on them,” Gary reveals. “For example, I have a set of German Tucher beer cans which have cities on them. There are about 16 in that set with hardly any writing on the cans, just great pictures of the cities they represent. “I also have the Tennent’s Lager series of cans with girls on them from the early 1970s. They stopped making them after a lady became CEO of Tennent’s. She canned them because she thought they were sexist, with the result the series became very collectible.” Gary’s collection is growing all the time and his biggest dilemma is where to put them. “In my shed there another 5000 cans, all different, that I can’t display because I haven’t got the room. “Just this weekend I picked up another four cans and it’s really awkward because when I get a new can it means I have to take one off. “It might take me a couple of hours to add one can because they are all set up in states and date order so you can see the progression and how they have changed, so to take one off is damned hard to do.” His very-tolerant wife, Sue, will occasionally share a beer with him, but ironically Gary generally drinks stubbies. “The beer tastes better out of glass,” he says. Gary’s two daughters and son show no inclination of following in the father’s footsteps. “They always joke that when I die they will go over to South Australia and cash them all in,” he laughs. * The National Beer Can Collectors annual Canfest is being held in Bendigo on January 3 and 4, 2014 at the All Seasons Resort. The public is welcome. For more information email or call 03 9743 0806, mobile 0409 934 834.

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Serial collector, Simon Young Two collies and a koolie bound to the gate. “And here is my collection of dogs,” Simon Young laughs. He is not entirely joking, the question being not so much what Simon collects, but what he doesn’t. Naturally, as a highly-regarded restorer of British racing vehicles, Simon and partner Shelley have a collection of cars, but there’s also funky vintage airline bags, a fleet of historic bicycles and a dazzling array of daleks – the arch enemies of Dr Who. But it’s the dozens of pre-1950 model aircraft engines that are Simon’s true passion. “These were the first things I really got into when I was about 12,” he says. “At that age I became quite obsessed by them. I found one in a flea market when I was a kid and that was all I had for years and years, because they were never really in Australia.” Now, as a professional engine builder, he has been able to pursue his interest in model engines, but also cultural icons of the 1960s.

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“Our thing really is popular culture of the ‘60s,” Simon explains. “To me that’s daleks, Carnaby Street, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Mini Cooper S, Lambrettas and toggle switches.” And there are strict parameters to the couple’s collecting which helps keep it well under control. Their 13 cars, for example, are all Mini Cooper S Group Six racing prototypes. “You continually redefine the focus of your collection as you learn more about things,’’ Simon says. “Like when I first started getting into ignition engines a few years ago I was just buying ignition engines. ‘’But now I have defined it down to a particular size of engine and also the competition version, so I am now selling the standards ones on eBay again. So the collection has become even more obscure and tightly defined.” But the dalek collection may just prove the exception. Just recently Simon bought a set of original diagrams for building daleks. “You know,” he says with a devilish glint in his eye, “it wouldn’t be that difficult for us to make them. We have the workshop capability.”


Kiss barmy, Colin McPherson It was a bit of bling around the neck of a mate, that sparked Colin McPherson’s interest in 1970s rock gods Kiss. “He had this Kiss necklace and I thought, that’s pretty cool,” Colin recalls. Today, Colin’s collection of Kiss memorabilia extends to more than 400 items including a Gene Simmons replica costume. His pride and joy, though, is a Kiss pinball machine that his daughter discovered in the recreation room of a caravan park in Coolum on a family holiday. Of course Colin had to have it and entered serious negotiations with the park owner. “The upshot was that we ended up with a pinball machine in our caravan. We still had another week of the holiday to go, so for the next week our caravan was very cramped,” Colin laughs. The kids seem to have forgiven him though. When Colin turned 50 his family threw him – surprise, surprise – a Kiss party complete with Kiss cake, and all the guests wore face paint. His two daughters – now aged 23 and 24 – accompanied him to multiple Kiss concerts from Adelaide to Melbourne during the recent Monster Tour. All up, Colin estimates he has seen the various Kiss lineups 25 times since their first-ever Australian tour in 1980. “They were not just a normal band. Back in those days there was a lot of mystique about them. Until ‘81 or ‘82 no one had ever seen them without their make-up. “I have met Gene and Paul and have the photographs and autographs. In spite of their wild reputation they are smart , healthy blokes. They don’t drink or smoke. “Gene, particularly, is no slouch. He is a very smart businessman and speaks seven languages.” Issue 31 - Bendigo Magazine | 35

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Matador madness, Sarah Harris

mantle in Mile End, Rockhampton or Opossum Bay.

It was never the intention to stockpile symbols of Spanish machismo. I don’t even like bull fighting, although I respect the tradition and all the Hemingway-esque associations.

Since buying that first one five years ago the price has spiralled. We’ve seen matadors and the matching bulls sell on eBay for as much as $250. The fact Carters magazine made a feature of them didn’t help.

It started in the way of these things with a solitary 1960s made-inJapan figurine found in a garage full of absolute junk. He seemed to need rescuing. I’d never seen one the same before and thought him pretty unique, plus he cost only $5. For a long time he stood alone on the sideboard. Then I was wandering along View Street one day and saw two in a window and snapped them up at $15 for the pair. The trio of toreadors soon multiplied. You know how when you buy something because you think it’s a bit of a one-off and suddenly it’s ubiquitous? I was like a bull in a china shop. Every time I turned around there was another little chap waving his cape. Whenever I set foot in an secondhand or op shop, I’d scour the shelves for them. My husband tracked down a number on eBay, and each Christmas and birthday there would be a parcel under the tree containing matadors that had made the journey from another dusty

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There is something about them that speaks to me. They are undeniably kitsch, but also aesthetically pleasing. Having been hand-painted, every single one is subtly different. There are examples where the colours have been botched and the cape might be orange instead of red, or a figurine has escaped the factory without part of his ensemble coloured at all. Mostly I think it’s the incongruity of them that appeals to me – the fact they have oriental faces. It’s Tokyo meets Torremolinos tacky at a specific point in time when made-in-Japan meant much the same as made-in-China means now. Sometimes surveying them en masse I wonder just how many more there are out there, lurking in china cupboards, stuffed in boxes, tucked in trunks. But mostly I wonder what on earth the manufacturers were thinking about the west’s seemingly endless appetite for matadors made in Japan. ■

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community milestone La Trobe University and Bendigo TAFE organised a community celebration to mark 140 years of tertiary education in Bendigo. Tertiary education has been central to the development of the city of Bendigo and the tertiary education institutions we see today have developed over 140 years from the Bendigo School of Mines, Bendigo Technical College, Bendigo Institute of Technology, Bendigo College of Advanced Education, La Trobe University College of Northern Victoria, Bendigo Teachers’ College, State College of Victoria (Bendigo) and the Northern District School of Nursing. ■

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third time lucky Tennille Daniel is breaking the stereotype working as an analyst programmer at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. She tells us how returning to study at La Trobe for a third time has laid a solid foundation for her career. Photographer: David Field Tennille, what degree did you complete at La Trobe Bendigo? I have studied several different courses at La Trobe Bendigo and on each occasion I have had different reasons. After high school I decided to study Visual Arts at La Trobe Bendigo majoring in Photojournalism and Multimedia. I was the creative type and decided this would be the avenue for me to follow for the simple reason that I enjoyed it and I was good at it. I loved printing in the darkroom creating photographs but I didn’t feel overly confident that I would have a professional career in this endeavour, so I thought it prudent to augment my photographic skills with multimedia. Within this stream of visual arts I focussed on digital design and 3D animation. After completing my undergraduate degree I worked in various creative roles based around IT, but none where I could foresee a stable career path and I found my skills lacking from a technical perspective. This time, with the definitive idea of gaining computing skills and an

identifiable career path, I enrolled at La Trobe Bendigo in the Graduate Diploma in Computing and later the Graduate Certificate in Web Technology. You are now working for the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. What is your role? My role is that of an analyst programmer in the core banking system on the mainframe. It’s not common to have someone of my age and gender working in the mainframe, as it tends to be the domain of older men – no offence to my colleagues. This role, strictly speaking, involves analysis, design, coding, testing, support – during and outside business hours – and implementation of technical changes. But it is not as simple as that. It’s actually quite difficult to describe my role to people outside the technical arena. Let’s say if you use your credit card or anytime you use your banking account the code behind these actions is what I work on. In what ways has your degree and study at university assisted in your current role? I have found that both streams of study at La Trobe have put me in good stead for my

current role. From the outside people might think that Visual Arts is a wasted degree given my current career in IT but I have found the writing, communication, creative and social analysis skills of vital use. Those are the softer skills that made me a wellrounded graduate and they tend to be the ones that IT students neglect or think they don’t need. There is a misconception that good communication skills aren’t required for an IT career, but it is the fundamental basis for any career. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the graduate IT qualifications from La Trobe. I describe it as vocational education as it provided me with foundation for what I do today. I walked out of university industry ready and straight into a career at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. What are your interests outside of work? I have been learning French for quite a while now. I am mostly fluent, some days I get it together and hold a grammaticallycorrect conversation and sometimes it all falls apart. We recently bought 20 acres of land at Axe Creek and I have grand plans to revegetate this land with indigenous plants and reintroduce plant diversity amongst the mature eucalypts on the land. I have visions of this becoming like parkland with a stunning vegetable garden of heirloom varieties – I expect this to be a 20-year endeavour. I am also a passionate cook and can think of nothing better than sitting with friends eating good food and drinking good wine. Are you involved in any groups or part of any committees? I have maintained my links with La Trobe University Bendigo and return regularly to be involved with the IT Professional Environment class. I attend with other IT professionals and our role is to provide IT students with an industry perspective. At work I was initially involved with the IT cadetship, previously I have been the Ride to Work co-ordinator on multiple occasions, and many times I have been a mentor to aspiring IT professionals. There is a theme for me: education, environment, and community. What is your best memory from your years of study at La Trobe? The study. I freely admit that I am a nerd and a geek. What can I say? I love to learn. There is some proverb I vaguely remember and it is something along the lines of: knowledge is the lightest treasure you can carry. If you could do your time over what piece of advice would you give your student self? That’s not a simple question but I would say something like: all your choices are part of the greater whole. Your seemingly disparate choices will complete a larger picture. In a nutshell: it will all come together beautifully. ■

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It’s clear that Megan is proud of the vibe that pulses among the inhabitants of Chancery Lane. “There is just an energy and potential about it…it’s exciting to be part of and help facilitate.” When asked about the future of laneway culture in Bendigo, she isn’t shy about her hopes: “Go big! More please! Keep it at ground level!” Kelly Robson is a local artist who first came across the Ground Level project via El Gordo’s Facebook page, and jumped at the chance to be involved. Having not had much to do with street art previously, she explains that her pieces are probably a little bit different from “typical” street art, reflecting more of her whimsical mixed media style. All up she has about seven contributions in the laneway, some of them spur-of-themoment ideas, others commissioned by Megan for events such as the Grace Kelly exhibition. She’s currently working on a large-scale piece for Pennyweight Lane Open Air Gallery (off Bath Lane) that showcases a new collection of street art. I can’t wait to check it out. Megan describes Kelly as “an incredible supporter and a rarity in that she’s extremely community minded, learning from everyone she meets.“ Her blog is one of my regular local reads, and I’ve learned so much about our creative community through her words. On her favourite way to while away a winter afternoon in Bendigo she explains “there is nothing better than taking out your umbrella and locating a café for a pot of tea and delicious cake.” Her love of sweet treats means I was instantly an admirer, and her gorgeous illustrations and mixed media creations are just icing on the cake. As for my winter afternoon? A stroll down Chancery Lane to check out new additions to the wall could well be on the cards. Once you start looking, it’s easy to lose track of time…maybe it’s something to do with how the light changes as it filters down between bricked walls. Traffic is barely visible from where you’re sitting. You may find yourself lingering over a weekend read, striking up a conversation with someone on a shared table, or taking a moment to browse without agenda, coffee in hand. Time passes differently here, savour it. Like to read more? Check out my blog this week for a Q&A with Megan and Kelly Polaroid photography of Kelly Robson’s artwork by Megan Spencer. With thanks to One Little Bird Designs for digital elements. ■

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All the pretty things Deb Beazley has a love for routine, beautiful things and taking the odd risk or two. This busy mother is the sales and marketing manager behind the family business – Reuben Beazley Builder. She has just enrolled into full-time study to obtain a degree in Business, majoring in Marketing. Deb shares with us what inspires her love of pretty things and creativity. Photographer: David Field Our new display home was literally built around this conversation pit and it is something that visitors to our display don’t forget. The bricklayers had to make two circles out of bricks and the slab was poured around it. The couch was custom made by hand by Nigel Hale and arrived in 20 pieces. The space is retro inspired from an era that valued family and spending time together conversing without any distraction. It is our communal centre and there is no television in this room.

Reuben and I have been married for 10 years this year – we met when I was only 17. We are madly in love, but ultimately the best of friends. We are together all of the time and while our ideas are similar, we are constantly teaching each other. We now have two children, Pheobie nine and Levi seven. They are like mini clones of us. I still love my wedding bands which consist of a princess cut diamond and gold bands surrounding it. I feel they haven’t dated and represent the love of my husband and family. ■

I’ve never seen anything like this elk lamp. It is broken and tattered, but one of those pieces I love and could never part with. It follows me to any home I live in. Wherever I place it – it just seems to work. I have a love for faux fur coats. I collected some of them while working at Mona Lisa and another was given to me as a gift which I wore to my 30th birthday party. I like things that are a bit strange and out of the ordinary – it’s a benefit that they are practical also during the colder months. I’ve had these shoes for a very long time. When I bought them, they just weren’t in fashion so they sat in my cupboard for a very long time. I especially love the back of the shoe and the line that the heel takes. They are like a piece of art. I also wore these to my 30th birthday and wear them often now as they have finally become fashionable.

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bird on the brink With its local population reduced to a handful, the iconic Bush Stone-curlew has a lot to cry about. Writer: Sarah Harris - Photographer: David Field (image of bird supplied) The haunting cry of the Bush Stone-curlew on moonlight nights is the stuff of many Aboriginal legends. But the birds, once plentiful in north-central Victoria, are seldom heard in the box-ironbark forests any more – their mournful call has become a lament of another species on the brink. “When I was a child we had them running around the farm,” recalls Judy Crocker of the Mid-Loddon Landcare and Conservation Network. “Lots of people had pet curlews. They seem to like people and are very quirky and intelligent. “They started to disappear in the 1950s because of foxes, cats and the loss of habitat through farming. Farming got serious after the war and so did farm chemicals and fertilisers. “Curlews eat off the ground and they don’t regurgitate like some birds do to feed their young. They find a beetle and point their baby to it. If the beetle has died or is dying through chemical poisoning it kills the young one.” Years of feral animal predation and toxic human encroachment has left Burhinus grallarius or Bush Thick-knee, as it is also known, a very rare bird indeed. Monitoring of protected sites in and around the Shelbourne Nature Conservation Reserve

suggests as few as four birds remain. This is done by volunteers who make nightly forays to the forest, playing recorded curlew calls and waiting for call backs. “You can never be sure if you are recording the same birds because they can fly in when you swap locations,” Judy reveals. “But we are a bit concerned. Last year we

recorded six or seven and the year before between six and eight. This year so far they have found only four.” Efforts to save the birds are complicated by the fact they are near impossible to see at the best of times. “It is so difficult to promote because you can’t show it,” Judy says. “No one sees them and local people have forgotten what they look like.” They very much resemble a bird out of water, being related to the Beach Stonecurlew, one of the world’s largest shorebirds. Though the Bush Stone-curlew is quite large, standing 50 to 60 centimetres tall on long, gangly legs, with large yellow eyes, their cryptic grey-streaked plumage provides incredible camouflage. “They hide,” Judy explains. “They hide by pretending they are not there. You can actually walk past one and it could be within a metre of you and you wouldn’t see it because they lie down and put their heads straight out on the ground and play dead or just freeze in position.” While that works with humans and larger predatory birds that hunt by sight, it is not so effective against foxes that hunt by scent. The birds dwell and nest on the ground and remain fairly inactive during the day. At night they hunt frogs, spiders, insects, small

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When I was a child we had them running around the farm. lizards and mammals over a large home range. They are at their loudest during courtship, a ritual that involves a stamping dance with wings outstretched and lasts up to an hour at a time. The Landcare network’s efforts to protect the surviving birds began by establishing four predator-proof sites sized between four and eight acres (1.6-3.2 hectares) centred on Shelbourne Nature Conservation Reserve. “We’re going through a process and the first thing was to set up those protected areas,” Judy says. “If we get more money, part of the plan is to set up a soft-release pen in the middle of one of our bigger sites and then we can actually bring birds in from wildlife sanctuaries. “Already there has been a spectacular change in vegetation in those areas because protective high fences are also keeping kangaroos out. “So those sites are not only good for curlews but also for studying vegetation, regeneration and also for other small mammals and all those other things that foxes eat. “There have been a few things disappeared from here in the past 20 years and some others are on their way out and people don’t even know they are there and when they are gone it is too late.” The Bush Stone-curlew is just one of 350 fauna and flora species listed as threatened, endangered or critically endangered in the remnants of box-ironbark forests. And while she doesn’t like to play favourites, Judy does admit affection for the odd bird. “The curlews are just a little bit special,” she agrees. For more information about the Save Our Bush Stone-curlew project, call, to make a donation or volunteer, Judy Crocker on (03) 5435 3412 or 0428 506 525. ■

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sids and kids In Bendigo, we have been given a wonderful opportunity to get together for an enjoyable night out, while also promoting the lives of children alongside the SIDS and Kids organisation. Writer: Hayley Plant Photographer: David Field and supplied SIDS and Kids NSW was established in 1977 by a small group of bereaved parents who were concerned with the lack of information and support available to individuals and families who had experienced the death of their baby. In May, 2001 SANDS (NSW) (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support) combined with SIDS NSW to become SIDS and Kids NSW, providing assistance to families who have experienced the bereavement of a baby or child. They are now a highly reputable not-forprofit organisation that offers bereavement and financial services to about 400 Victorian families per year. Their work in promoting the Safe Sleeping campaign has supported about 65,000 parents in Victoria each year, and has significantly reduced the incidence of SIDS over the past 10 years. In addition to this, they have also developed a well-known and celebrated fundraising

event, Red Nose Day, taking place on the last Friday of June. SIDS and Kids is aiming to raise $10,000 this August in the Bendigo area, which will be reserved to promote the safety of our precious little ones, and financially support local families should they experience the incomprehensible loss of a baby or child.

arrival and also entertainment throughout the evening. All of the proceeds from the ticket sales go directly towards the SIDS and Kids fund. Entertainment will include a variety of guest speakers including Karen Passey (CEO of SIDS and Kids) and a local parent who has experienced the loss of a child.

Dedicating themselves to supporting families who have been bereaved, SIDS and Kids helps these families throughout pregnancy, birth, infancy and up to the age of 18 years old.

There will be a live auction and silent auction held on the evening and The Exchange has agreed to donate a percentage of all drinks sold on the night to the event fund.

They provide numerous services including education, training, bereavement support and advocacy, SIDS and Kids NSW has assisted many individuals and families in their time of need.

The Infinity Leadership Program believes that with the generosity, and community spirit of Bendigo, $10,000 can be raised to aid local families who have gone through the loss of a child.

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Leader of Infinity Leadership team Rhylee Elliot said a major component of the event is that the money raised will be reserved specifically to assist and support local Bendigo families if and when the need arises.

This August, La Trobe Bendigo Infinity Leadership Program members are bringing the local community together for a fantastic event at the Exchange Café, Bar and Restaurant. You will be able to help SIDS and Kids raise money for local Bendigo families. In addition to fundraising to support local families who have (or may) experience the loss of a baby, infant or child, the gala event is aimed to increase awareness within the community of the services that are provided by SIDS and Kids NSW. The event will be an action-packed fundraising night on Saturday, August 3. From 8pm to midnight there will be a variety of food, fundraising, and fun. Tickets are being sold at $50 per person, which includes canapés and finger food, a drink on

“Referral services will be provided by Bendigo Police, St John of God and Bendigo hospitals, as well as SIDS and Kids Victoria to inform Bendigo families of the funding and services available to support them during their time of need,” she said. All the funds raised on the night will go towards providing local parents, grandparents and siblings with bereavement support following the death of a baby or child, as well as assisting families facing financial hardship in providing their child with a memorial service. Funds will provide the opportunity for information sessions to be held at Bendigo hospitals to educate new parents on safesleeping practices in a bid to continue to reduce the number of SIDS related deaths. This night is an opportunity, an occasion, as well as a gift. With only 250 tickets available, if you are interested in either buying a ticket or donating the the cause please visit ■

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CIRCLES OF SUPPORT Radius Disability Services, formally known as the Peter Harcourt Centre, will celebrate its diamond Jubilee in August. Writer: Colin King - Photographer: Anthony Webster It’s a multi-million dollar operation that began with a cake stall. When the inaugural meeting of Bendigo’s Council for Children’s Aid was held in 1953, it announced that its first fundraiser would be a cake stall. Within four months there was enough in their coffers to establish a day centre for children with mental disability. The centre – now badged Radius Disability Services but known for most of its life as the Peter Harcourt Centre – will celebrate its diamond jubilee in August. The Council for Children’s Aid was spawned by a public meeting convened by mayoress Monica Flood, wife of the legendary 1950s and 1960s mayor Tom Flood. It was an intrepid step in an era when people with disability were largely separated from the community and supported under extreme hardship by their families, if not institutionalised. While that first fundraiser may seem modest, Mrs Flood was nevertheless astute enough to entice Eric Cunningham Dax to address the meeting. The visionary Dr Dax had recently been recruited from England to head the new Mental Hygiene Authority of Victoria. He went on to establish an

international reputation. Dr Dax returned to Bendigo to officiate when the centre was officially opened at the Congregational Church Hall in Olinda Street. The church building began life as the first Quarry Hill school in the 19th century. It became the Bendigo School of Domestic Arts before being sold to the church in the 1930s. In recent times the historic complex has been converted into five apartments. Dr Dax emphasised the centre’s role in providing respite. “One of the greatest benefits of the training centre was the rest it gave to mothers, providing them with a few hours each day in which to gain the extra strength and vitality needed to carry on.” Mandy Williams, acting CEO, points out “there still is a respite component there for families.” Things evolved of course, and these days “what we do is person-centred and personfocussed. Our people with disabilities are core to everything we do.” By 1958, the generosity of Bendigonians allowed the Council for Children’s Aid to buy its own premises – a prominent residence

that still stands on the corner of Williamson and Galvin streets. A purpose-built facility was eventually built at Havlin Street West in 1966. Once again, Dr Dax was on hand to officiate at the opening. The new facility saw a change of name from the Council for Children’s Aid Day Centre to the Peter Harcourt Day Centre. It was so named to honour the late son of Sylvia Harcourt, owner of Bendigo Fashion House. The businesswoman contributed substantially towards the new centre. Peter died in a car accident in 1955 at the age of 21. Collectors of Bendigo trivia will be keen to learn that his father, John Mewton Harcourt, wrote Upsurge in 1934 – the first novel to be banned by the Commonwealth Book Censorship Board. John had however separated from Sylvia well before she came to live in Bendigo during the 1940s. Soon after the Peter Harcourt building opened, a separately-managed sheltered workshop for adults with a disability began in the South Bendigo Progress Association Hall in Neale Street. The two services affiliated and a purpose-built sheltered workshop was constructed alongside the

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Peter Harcourt school in 1970. Although the name Peter Harcourt was dropped in favour of Radius in 2010, the Harcourt name lives on as the street created alongside the centre. The 1980s saw Peter Harcourt Centre establish its own enterprises at various sites around Bendigo. “We’ve actually got four registered businesses that provide meaningful work for people,” Mandy said. “Some go on to open employment.” The enterprises provide handcrafted paper, cotton manufactured goods, screen printing, gardening, mail house and packaging services. In 2011, the various businesses were co-located under one roof at their new home in Victoria Street, Eaglehawk. In 1991, the Peter Harcourt Centre’s bailiwick was suddenly reduced when the State Government assumed responsibility for the education of all Victorian children. The centre’s original raison d’etre became the Bendigo Special Development School. It operated from the Peter Harcourt Centre premises until the Education Department eventually constructed its own Kangaroo Flat facility in 2006. In the meantime, the centre’s role in providing services for adults with intellectual disability has gone from strength to strength. Mandy explains that Radius Disability Services’ purpose is: “to enhance their life and make it a better life and meaningful to them.” To see how that translates to the real world, take five minutes to check out the powerful What Radius means to me! video on YouTube. The endless smiles are validation of the prophetic announcement Dr Dax made 60 years earlier: “This is a wonderful start. It will make a delightful centre and build up to greater things.” ■

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a golden guide Diners in Bendigo and Central Victoria have the opportunity to sing the praises of their favourite restaurant, hotel or café, says Zhoe Jess, area manager for The Golden Plate Awards. Writer: Mary Pomfret - Photographer: David Field

The Golden Plate Awards “celebrate and promote excellence in hospitality industry in the central Victorian region”, according to Ms Jess.

The awards give recognition and multi-media exposure to restaurants, hotels and cafes in regional Victoria that provide great dining experiences and good value for money.

The Golden Plate Awards is a not-for-profit program operated by a partnership between Prime7 TV, Grant Broadcasting and awards program co-ordinators Maxim PR and Marketing.

As well as helping the hospitality industry in regional Victoria achieve its maximum potential, the awards promote use of local produce, professionalism, innovation and competitiveness within the industry and support continuous industry improvement.

Ms Jess describes an exciting aspect of the awards –“the people’s choice award” – in which the public vote for their favourite restaurant by means of simple SMS, email or Facebook. “We’ve had feedback that this aspect of the awards provides a great talking point between staff and their customers. “It’s a good way for the community to use their voice.”

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The key values of the Golden Plate Awards include high standards of food and beverage quality and presentation. “The use and promotion of local foods and beverage is important,” Zhoe said. “The awards also recognise excellent customer service, good value for money and consistency in quality and service.” Ms Jess explains there are two rounds of

judging. Judges are incognito and arrive without notice during the judging season. Competing restaurants are unaware of the judge’s visit until the end of the meal when the judges reveal their presence. “The judges then write a confidential, comprehensive report with their scores which competitors can use as a business tool,” Zhoe said. Judges visit a second time, so if there were areas requiring improvement participants have the opportunity to do so. “The Golden Plate Awards is designed to assist people to improve as well as to give recognition. It’s about constructive feedback,” Zhoe said. The judging criteria fall into particular sections including food quality and presentation, wine and beverages, customer service, ambience of

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Pictured: Some of the local restaurants and hospitality staff who have participated in the Golden Plate Awards in 2012 and 2013. the venue and value for money. President and chief judge Rita Erlich said the reviews were important. “I think the advantage of the Golden Plate Awards process for those who participate is that they receive two unbiased reports from two different judges,” she said. “It’s a valuable chance for a reality check, and that’s so important for a city like Bendigo that attracts so many visitors. “The people who come, say, to see one of the great exhibitions at the gallery, or visit the pottery, or the woollen mills, or the botanic gardens and decide to eat at a restaurant or cafe, if they don’t like it, they’ll never return to that place to eat. “The owners might simply think that they’re only one-time visitors, and they won’t return. But the truth is that there are so

many attractions in Bendigo, there’s every reason for visitors to return. “But they’ll only pay one visit to a cafe or restaurant that disappoints them in some way. So the reality check is crucial. “And what’s so important, too, is that the judges make constructive observations and suggestions.” Finalists, highly commended and winners will be announced at an awards night.

Clearly delighted with winning the awards, Nola encourages all restaurants hotels and cafes to participate. “Winning made us feel that all the work was worthwhile. Not only for me and my husband Peter, but for the staff as well,” she said. “It was like a thankyou to the staff for working so hard – a recognition of their hard work.

Proprietor of Castlemaine’s Railway Hotel, and 2012 competitor, Nola Brown, has been in the hotel business for seven years.

“And for the town Castlemaine as well, it was great to be commended. The awards gave us an opportunity to meet with other restaurateurs in Bendigo too.”

She won Best Front of House and the Railway Hotel restaurant won the Casual Dining category as well Best Value for Money. The restaurant was a finalist in the Best Chef, Best Customer Service and Best Cellar Wines categories.

Apart from providing public recognition for excellence, and value for money and confidential feedback, the Golden Plate Awards promote better business performance as well as regional hospitality. ■

“The awards night was so exiting.”

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vienna in the bush “One of the most sensational facades in Australia” – not just Bendigo or Victoria, but the whole of Australia. Heady praise indeed bestowed on the Bunja Thai Restaurant building by Traveller’s Guide to the Goldfields. Writer: Colin King - Photographer: David Field The former Colonial Bank built in 1887 may not be the biggest jewel in the Pall Mall crown of ornate colonial architecture, but it seems it is arguably the best. The National Trust’s Bendigo Historic Buildings rates it as possibly the finest work of prolific architect WC Vahland. An extraordinary example of boom style architecture according to On My Doorstep. Vahland is said to have a greater influence on Bendigo becoming the “Vienna-inthe-Bush” than any other person. There is still over half a dozen examples of his work along Pall Mall, including Alexandra Fountain. By the time he set his mind to designing the new bank, he already had a hand in completing such icons as the Town Hall, The Shamrock, Bendigo hospital, Capital Theatre, Rosalind Park cascades, Fortuna Villa, the School of Mines and Mechanics Institute (Bendigo TAFE). Amazingly by the standards of any era, the

building was completed in just nine months. It survived more than 100 years as a bank before being sold in 1993 to become Mully’s Café and gallery. Phtographer Sean Walsh also began his tenure of its rear rooms that open onto Victoria Lane. Bunja Thai restaurant took over from Mully’s in 2006. Owner Jared Marwood said he and his wife Chayanie, “wanted to find a grand old building in a Goldrush town and start up a business there. So we chose this place because it is just an incredible old building and a good size for a restaurant”. The palatial edifice was modelled on one of the ancient (312 BC) tombs of Petra, in Jordan. It is described as, “a riot of ornamentation. In this design, Vahland broke all the rules, coming up with the whimsical building we see today.” Equally impressive for diners in the astonishingly detailed nine-metre high

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banking chamber used as the main dining area. More intimate dining spaces flank the imposing entrance way. Jared says the restaurant has one or two diners a week who come in especially to see the building. There is, of course, much of interest that lies beyond the public restaurant spaces. The bank has a gold smelter that now lies idle. Elderly diners have told Jared that they remember their fathers bringing gold in to be smelted. The first floor reception room opens onto a balcony offering a MCG-box equivalent for viewing Easter parades. Also upstairs is the customary banker’s residence. During World War Two these rooms were used by the Red Cross for storage of frontline khaki fabric. Sandra McLennan, proprietor of Mully’s, encountered a ghost during her tenure. She told the Weekly Times about paintings falling inexplicably from walls and mysterious voices heard by her and her staff. Someone later recounted a yarn to her from a Bendigo old-timer, that a bank employee was accidently locked in the bank vault overnight and perished. It is an anecdote that Jared has also heard. A modern air vent has since been installed. It’s not surprising that the building’s bank vault is still intact – the walls are over half a

metre thick. As added security in days gone by, the manager slept with a revolver in the upstairs residence. It is somehow befitting that in 1979, Australia’s most wanted bank robber, the After-Dark Bandit, was dramatically arrested alongside the building in Victoria Lane. Alone and unarmed, Senior Constable Rick Hasty confronted the hitherto unrecognised but suspicious character. It was the day after the bandit had shot and critically wounded a policeman in a robbery at Heathcote. When he thrust a pistol into Rick’s stomach, Rick was able to wrestle the gun from the man’s hand and pin him to the bank wall. He then told stunned shoppers to summon reinforcements. Such heroic actions are at least worthy of a plaque on the bank wall. It later emerged that the baffling robberies were committed by identical twins, wearing

identical clothes and hitting separate towns within 20 minutes of each other. Sue Elmer, a later proprietor of Mully’s, recalls clandestine entrances to a tunnel leading under Victoria Lane to another bank nearby. Although it was blocked off at the Mully’s entrances, she was shown the other end of the tunnel, which continued beyond under Bendigo CBD. Sadly, this shining-light of colonial architecture is now hidden under a bushel, or more precisely, a relatively young plane tree. When the tree is in leaf, the full splendor of the edifice is denied to touristtram travellers and sightseers stepping back to admire it. What a shame the council did not select one of the many nondescript shop fronts in Pall Mall to block from view instead. The benefit would have been twofold. ■

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digging deep Life is full of surprises. You never know when you might benefit from an old digger’s wisdom. Writer and photographer: Sarah Harris The rhythmic scrape of shovel on stone is the perfect requiem to a hard-working man. “I don’t hold with backhoes,” John Shay says, letting fly a shovelful of earth as exclamation. “I dig to a nice shape. The backhoes just dig rough and square. You have some graves that are too wide, too long and you can’t even put the casket-lowering device on them. A decent grave should be 6ft7in (200cm) long and 2ft3in (69cm) at the shoulders. “The other thing I don’t like is laying them this way and that. We were always told to dig them facing the east so a body can sit up and watch the sunrise if they’ve a mind to.” Sometimes you literally stumble across stories and so it was with the old grave digger. We’d come to Moliagul Cemetery on the trail of John Deason, the co-discoverer of the Welcome Stranger Nugget – the world’s largest recorded nugget – and struck gold.

was going back to when I was younger and fitter. I can’t work as quick now as I used to – I’m 75, coming up 76 after all. “Down at Marong where I have dug for a long time I knew the chap who was the shire mayor. He used to say: ‘There’s no good you getting a job on council, John, your shovel work’s too quick’. “Some of the graves in Inglewood are getting a bit tough for me. Inglewood has a lot of ironstone in it. That’s hard, I tell you. “These days it takes me a good two days to dig a grave because I can’t push myself any more. This one here’s for a Mrs Gordon. I don’t know her, but I hope she likes it. “To me death is nothing to be afraid of. It’s like when it happens it happens. No one gets any say. You can be here today and go for a drive and be gone tomorrow. “The biggest problem I reckon is that people never talk about it. And when something

happens the family don’t know what has to be done. “The first thing you have to do up here in the country when someone dies is you have to have a grave to be able to bury them. Once the undertakers know they have got someone they ring me straightaway to see when I can have a grave dug. Then they go to the family and say, ‘we can have the funeral on a certain day’, but they can’t have it before because they have to give me time to get it dug. “Nearly everyone else uses backhoes. My son is thinking of getting one. I plan to keep on digging while I can because it keeps me fit and active. I reckon if I give up, me muscles and joints will just seize up and that will be the beginning of the end. “I will be buried here with the wife. My son will most likely dig my grave for me. “I only hope he doesn’t use a backhoe.” ■

“You know that nugget might have sat in the kitchen of my house when it was first found,” John muses. “Old man Deason used to have the place before my folks went out there in about 1931.” The Shays and Deasons remain neighbourly in death as in life – generations of families laid side by side in the gum-ringed graveyard. “I’ve dug my mother’s grave. I dug my wife’s grave two year ago – the youngest son helped me do that. “For a long time I knew Vera wasn’t too good. The doctors had been treating her for 20 years for her heart. She was very lucky to see her 60th birthday and she ended up getting to 75, so we couldn’t complain. “I was proud to dig her grave. It’s the last decent thing you can do for someone, isn’t it – to bury them. I have buried a lot of my own cousins, uncles and aunties too – right here.” In all, John estimates he’s dug more than 1800 graves since he was first asked to dig half a dozen at Tarnagulla Cemetery in 1970. “They couldn’t get the graves dug in other cemeteries so they asked me to come and dig ‘em. I finished up with 14 cemeteries, but I never took Wedderburn or Dunolly to begin with. Then there started to be quite a few cremations and I thought I’ll take the others. “Some weeks I mightn’t do any – some of the really little country ones might only have one of two funerals a year, but in the bigger ones you might have anything up to 17 a year. “I have dug up to five a week, but that

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a novel approach He may be a late starter as far as publishing a novel is concerned, but local writer Colin King has been a wordsmith all his life. Writer: Dianne Dempsey Photographer: David Field Grey haired, rangy, in his mid 60s, Colin is the sort of man you could easily overlook in a crowded pub. But in conversation his wide range of interests and references are soon evident. He is a man who has spent most of his life observing and writing – weighing things up. And now in his so-called retirement years, he is publishing his first novel. A Vintage Death is set in modern day Heathcote in the heart of the wine-growing district. His protagonist, Detective Sergeant Rory James, is damaged goods. After a traumatic incident and a year’s enforced leave, Rory has been relegated to investigate a cold case. Fourteen years earlier a farmer was found dead at a Heathcote winery, “Lady’s Pass Run”, and the coroner’s findings were left open. In the course of his investigations Rory observes the history, landscape, and architecture and wineries of Heathcote you’ll love some of the shirazes. And when he checks into a B & B in the historic part of Bendigo once known as Belgravia (where he falls for the gorgeous proprietor) he also firmly locates Bendigo on the map. There is also a French connection regarding the ownership of Lady’s Pass Run, which, in turn, allows Rory the opportunity to explore the famous Buvelot collection of colonial paintings in the Bendigo Art Gallery. With his wife, Mary, Colin has lived happily in Flora Hill on the edge of the One Tree Hill forest for 25 years. Writing a novel at 64 has been a natural progression for him, a way of exploring and enjoying the rich past and present of our region. A former government adviser for major projects, Colin has spent years researching and writing government reports and ministerial papers. “It was always challenging work,” he says. “Although not half as sexy as writing a novel, writing those reports demanded many skills such as being resourceful and disciplined and it was a process that gave me satisfaction.”

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He also applied his writing skills over the years to reviewing his children’s essays when they went to university. Colin says he reckons he has now vicariously obtained degrees in education, an arts degree in nature tourism as well as business and IT degrees. “It was proofing the accountancy essays I found most difficult,” he laughs. The satisfaction he gained from writing was heightened for Colin when he started writing about his overseas travels. “I found that photographs didn’t do it for me when I came home. I kept brief journal notes and when I got home I would flesh them out and research the areas we had travelled to.” Encouraged by his enjoyment of travel writing Colin went on to write travel features for The Age and Bendigo Magazine and was thrilled when he saw his first bylines. But just as people don’t take up neurosurgery when they retire, Colin found that becoming a novelist was a matter of learning a hard craft. He describes his first, still unpublished novel, Dead Centre of Nowhere, as a learning curve. “I sent it off for an assessment and found I had a way to go, but I took the criticisms on board and then wrote A Vintage Death. While it was initially rejected, the responses from publishers were encouraging. 72 | Bendigo Magazine - Issue 31

In the middle of trying to get A Vintage Death published Colin attended last year’s inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival and was actually disheartened by the general message that came across – how bloody hard it is to get published – yet he pursued his cause. It took Colin about three months to research A Vintage Death and six months to write it. After doing his research, the hardest part of writing his novel was the plotting. “I struggled and struggled with it. Finally I wrote the introduction and the ending and then made the pieces fall together in between.” Colin says he doesn’t regret his late start as a fiction writer “I might have struggled earlier if I had tried to write as a young man. All the things I am aware of in life inform my book. Although, of course, I do sometimes wonder what my writing would have been like if I had started earlier.” Colin King’s novel will be launched at the Bendigo Writers Festival, which takes place at the Capital in View Street August 9-11. Food and wine writers Max Allan and Richard Cornish, as well as songwriters, novelists, political commentators and poets are on the program, which is published in the Bendigo Weekly on June 28, and available online. ■

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Imagine holding the Bendigo region with all it has to offer locals and visitors alike in the palm of your hand. Writer: Mary Pomfret Information at the touch of a button. The official Bendigo Region app includes accommodation information and bookings, tickets for tours and events, stories and hot deals as well as being a navigation tool.

we all know how important that can be.

“The app will allow locals and tourists alike to explore the Bendigo and Heathcote region,” City of Greater Bendigo, tourism marketing manager, Glenn Harvey explains.

Glenn expects that the app will be equally as useful for local residents and for visitors in that it allows users to check what is happening in the Bendigo region, how to get there and to make bookings. There are seven main categories including Explore, What’s On, Stay, Tickets and Tours, Stories, Itineraries and Hot Deals. These categories are subsequently broken down into subject interest.

“The app is suitable for both iPhones and Android and is completely free.

“More than 25 per cent of traffic to the Bendigo Tourism website is now from either a tablet or smartphone,” Glenn says.

“This new app allows people to have quick information in their hand and you can use it to physically navigate where you are and where you wish to go.

“Another useful feature of the app is that users can use an interactive map to drill down to your specific needs.

“For example the app allows users to locate the closest toilet” and

“An example of this would be to list cafés in Bendigo who provide gluten free products.”

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Not only is the app a way-finder but it is also a story-teller. A user can, for example, walk through the streets of Bendigo and access information about the area they are in. They can choose the Artisan Walk and read as they go about the area they are in. “The app is simple to use and will encourage walking in the CBD,” Glenn says. Locals who have lived in the region for years may well be surprised what they didn’t know about their town, and visitors will find the information will add to their visitor experience in the region. Perhaps even discover new restaurants they hadn’t considered before or attend a cultural event. What better way to save time. Gone are the days of hunting through the yellow pages and making endless phone calls to arrange a trip away. People in the 21st century have busy lives and appreciate being able to arrange their leisure time at the touch of a finger. The app can also be used by visitors to plan a trip to the Bendigo and Heathcote region. In fact, it is possible for a Melbournian to be sitting in a café in Degreaves Street sipping a latte and at the same time planning and arranging their entire weekend away in Bendigo. What accommodation to book, which restaurant to dine at, what show to see, which winery to visit, which gallery to take in…. all in the palm of your hand. The app assists visitors and local residents to choose a restaurant, accommodation, make a booking, explore boutique shopping, arts culture and music as well as outdoors and sports. Social Media has been included in the app for viewers to see the latest Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and Trip Advisor comments for particular businesses, helping you make informed decisions. The event section allows visitors to see what’s on today, next seven days, by month and by subject interest. “Bendigo and Heathcote have so many great events throughout the year, ranging from major events through to small intimate experiences,” Glenn says.

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This user-friendly app also covers Heathcote which Glenn says “profiles their great strength of quality boutique wine.” “This phone app is a great way to find out what Heathcote offers by way of cellar doors, events and things to do as well as to discover what Bendigo has to offer. “More features will be launched in the coming months including ‘Who’s open’ and ‘What’s near me’.” The app has been designed by local company Design Experts and is available for both iPhone and Android users. It can be easily downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. ■

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Leap of Faith Chances are, there wouldn’t be too many people you’d encounter with “lawyer and music composer” printed side by side on their business card. Writer: Megan Spencer - Photographer: David Field Tom Wolff does. New to Bendigo, in mid2012 the 24 year old embarked upon a new adventure, when partner Felicity Eva landed an announcing job at StarFM. Freshly graduated from Monash University with both degrees tucked into his belt, Tom contemplated the best way forward. Intrigued by the law, and with a passion

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ignited for experimental music composition, he didn’t want to have to choose.

“Here it’s worked out that I can do both,” he says, smiling at his move to Bendigo.

“Truth is, if I’d stayed in Melbourne, I couldn’t have done both,” he says of working in law and writing music.

With “no particular plan in mind”, and a strong love of “play”, Tom says local experimental music collective Undue Noise provided a strong incentive for coming to Bendigo.

“Life’s too busy in a city; you’d be working 16 hours a day at a law firm, and have no time left over to pursue music.”

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“Strategies to keep us from getting bored” he says. It worked. The Composition Degree opened up even more opportunities. In 2008, he completed a six-month exchange program at the State University of New York, Buffalo. It was “no law, all composition, and I got so much better.” Arriving home, a friend invited him to compose the score for a theatre show at Adelaide Fringe. A series of student productions followed, with increasing degrees of responsibility in sound track design and music score. One was an opera “all sung in nonsense - I wanted to write an opera for non-musicians”. “The most exciting project was… when I wrote a piece for the ARCKO Ensemble, a super-talented chamber orchestra. They had a residency at Monash. We [students] wrote pieces for them and they rehearsed and played them in a public performance. They are such excellent players that you could write whatever was in your head, and they could do it.” He recounts another formative highlight with “DIY cellos using PVC pipe and U-bolts”. “This took away the intimidation of the formal, classical environment.” A fan of unorthodox instruments, Tom says “what I really want to do is put together installations or performances which are inclusive – like my nonsensical opera.” In 2012, he wrote the score for The Well, by playwright Robert Reid (MTC, Theatre In Decay). Building a folio and maintaining a network of collaborators has been important for Tom, as “composition is really only an internet connection away,” he says of working remotely from the perceived cultural hub of a city. A dapper dresser and regular songwriter, it comes as no surprise to discover Tom plays in a band (Migrations) and solo (stripped back bossa nova/jazz interpretations of pop songs, and originals). But he sees his composition work and pop gigs as distinct. “I like both, but for entirely different reasons,” he explains. gave a workshop at uni and I was impressed that this kind of music was supported in such a place as Bendigo,” he said. “It turns out David Chisholm and I are alumni, we were just never at Monash at the same time,” he laughs, at what is another local synchronicity. An award-winning international composer, Chisholm is the founder/artistic director of this year’s inaugural Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music. Another good omen for Tom to journey up the Calder and try his musical fortunes in the Goldfields. Landing a traineeship at a Bendigo law firm helped seal the deal. Tom always loved music. Growing up in Brisbane he took piano lessons as a youngster, venturing towards guitar “when

my sister began having lessons. When she wasn’t around I’d pick it up and teach myself – there were tears,” he says of the ensuing sibling rivalry. “Music was such an immersive experience,” he says recalling his surrender to the art form. “I found it easy to devote hours and hours to it – and that I understood it.” The emergence of household internet made it even easier. “I used to visit the London Symphony Orchestra website and teach myself from that.” Tom’s music teacher, composer Freeman McGrath (Liquid Architecture), also encouraged him to improvise, record music, sing and to push his guitar-playing.

Like strange bedfellows Law and Music Composition perhaps? “Law’s fun, and it gives you the opportunity to help people. It’s another way of interacting and understanding the world and your environment. “Same with music – it gives you more avenues to enjoy yourself and other people.” Always up for a challenge – be it musical, where all he has is a “blank slate” at a rehearsal, or, undertaking a new life experience, Tom is a not afraid to take a leap of faith. “There is an infinite number of things you can do with your life…” he begins. “It was worth giving being a composer a go – I love it so far. And being a trainee lawyer and living in Bendigo, they’re all choices I’ve made, that have made me really happy.” ■

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remembering sir george Streets filled with dence fog and bonechilling winter nights, bring back memories of Sir George Lansell. Writer and illustrator: Geoff Hocking I have been thinking about George Lansell lately. Some colleagues and I have started work on a book about War Memorials, to be titled, unsurprisingly: Memorial. The book will be published, among many we expect, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, in 2014. We are collecting material about 100 memorials (one for every year) from every state and territory in Australia, and, naturally, Bendigo is to be included. My task is to write 100 stories, but not to write the same story every time. So, what I need for each is an angle, and Sir George is my angle for Bendigo. Everyone in Bendigo knows where the Memorial Hall stands, its back to the creek where once thousands of eager diggers stood in the muddy waters, swirling their pans looking for that flash of yellow. Everyone knows that it was George Lansell Snr who made his pile from Bendigo gold and that he was a great beneficiary to the town. However, it is George Jnr who is of interest to me. He was the son of the mining magnate and as a lad, young George excelled at sports: boxing, swimming and pistol shooting. He could have followed a career as a professional athlete but it was his military interests that consumed his passion. He enlisted in the army ready to do his duty for King and Country when war broke out. Although young George had described himself on his enlistment papers as an investor, he had already risen to the rank of Captain in the 8th Australian Infantry Regiment five years earlier, and was commissioned Captain once again, taking command of Bendigo’s 38th Battalion in May 1916. On December 1, 1916 George went to the front line in France. He was wounded just two days later. A bullet grazed his temple. Although he was not incapacitated he suffered headaches, loss of vision and difficulty in walking for quite some time. He was repatriated to Australia in March, 1917 where he made a full recovery. After the war, George resumed his business interests, bringing investment and industry to Bendigo, yet it was in his service to the military that he might best be remembered. Sir George Victor Lansell served the men of his beloved 38th for many years after the war as president of the Bendigo branch of the RSL. If you stand in what is now known as Sidney Myer Place (we used to call the old toilets that once stood there Africa, because of the memorial to the South African War)

and look towards the RSL Hall the grand statue of George (the first) is framed by the Memorial Hall that was so honoured by his son George (the second). Winter: I was a member of the YMCA for many years. I started as a little chap in the juniors with my white runners, white shorts and white singlet with a red triangle mum had sewn on the front. We met with other chaps on the lawn opposite the old YM for tunnel ball and rounders and running games and leap frog and wrestling every Saturday morning until we all got big enough to join the Seniors and attend at night. It was at the seniors that we bumped into Sir George. He was obviously on the Board of Management of the YM, or something like that, because I remember him quite clearly coming in and greeting us with a cheery “hello lads” as he tootled off with Tommy Tweed to attend to YM matters. In researching the life of Sir George I discovered that he also owned several local industries. Now I understand how we were able to make visits to Hanro, the spinning mills that were once situated on the opposite side of Hargreaves Street to the Tech. It was here that I learned how stockings were made and remember Sir George putting his hand into the machine that formed the tube of silk, or nylon, and pulled a length of stocking material out for us to examine. He owned the Bendigo Advertiser. So, now I know how we got in there and watched the great presses rumbling into the night. We saw plates being made at Clearads, who had their plant right in the middle of the block, behind the Addy, and behind Cambridge Press, which used to front Hargreaves Street where Blueline now stands. At that time you could walk from Pall Mall to Hargreaves – from the Addy to Cambridge passing through Clearads on the way. We saw papier-maché flongs being made (curved relief moulds used in the preparation of plates for the rotary presses). I am glad that I have remembered that word, and must try and use it more often – flong, flong, flong. We walked through the smokefilled pressrooms, saw make-up tables covered in heavy, hot-metal, slug-filled chaises, entered the light-trap doors of Cliff Pinder’s red-lit darkrooms. It was then that I knew that a print-room was just the sort of place where I wanted to be; the essence of printer’s ink must have entered my veins on those winter nights and courses there still. Most of these things we did on a winter’s night.

We started at seniors at 7pm. I rode down from Chum Street, along the Square, down the mall, up Mundy Street to the YM on my trusty white cycle. A Collingwood beanie rolled down to meet the collar of my black and red-lined lumber jacket pulled up around my ears. The electric dynamo strained against the front wheel making every uphill quest a heroic effort. Headlight – taillight – waxing – waning. Strong. Weak. Strong again –with each push of the pedals and with every surge forward. I pedalled home again – sometime after 9pm, maybe 10pm – in the dark. In Bendigo. In winter. In the 50s Bendigo had real fogs. Dense swirling, bone-chilling fogs. The elms beside the road stood silent like grey ghosts, big, fat, dangerous. Trams, trapped in their cold, steel loops, were nought but a single yellow glow, chugging, chugging, rumbling in the cold, cold, pale night. On my night-ride home I usually filled up with two-bob’s worth of chips stuffed down the front of my jacket. I rode with one glove on, one glove of. The top of the newspaper ripped apart to allow a fug of steam escape. The comforting, warmth of hot, hot chips wafted under my nose and the packet itself was like a carbohydrate-filled-water-bottle against my chest. It was well-worth freezing for. In Bendigo. In winter. This is why I remember Sir George. ■ Issue 31 - Bendigo Magazine | 81

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answering the call Stephen Tinker has recently taken over the helm as General Manager of Telstra Country Wide and has a love for his family and the creative, innovate and supportive city which is Bendigo. Photographer: David Field Stephen, you have recently taken up a position with Telstra Country Wide. Can you tell us about your position? I recently started as Telstra Country Wide’s  area general manager for Northern Victoria and Sunraysia (includes Macedon Ranges, Bendigo, Mildura, Albury/Wodonga, Shepparton and everywhere in between). I am accountable for customer service, revenue, sales, including all of Telstra’s retail stores and partners and manage Telstra’s operations throughout this region. What is the most challenging aspect of your role? One of my clear goals is to provide the best customer service possible and surprise our customers with this outstanding service. We have made some great improvements such as putting an end to mobile bill shocks by letting people know when they are near their usage limit. We now offer customer support 24/7, and introduced 13 apps for

tablets and smart phones in 2012. I know we still have a long way to go, however this is a goal that is shared across our business and I’m sure we will succeed. One of the other challenges is to keep up with the ever-changing demand on technology. Everything is now digital – photos, maps, movies, music, books, x-rays and in my job it is important that we continue to understand what we need to do in order keep our customers connected. What are your interests away from work? My family is my number one interest and we do many things together. I’m also a bit of a sport nut. I love to play and watch sport whenever I can. When I was younger I  loved footy and cricket, these days I mainly play golf. We all like the water and spend a lot of time swimming and water skiing. How do you find Bendigo as a city to live and work in? We have been in Bendigo for 11 years and

we love it. We have made great friends here, we have family here also and the city has everything you could ever need. We are very lucky as we have a great community that is very creative, innovative and supportive which is something we should be very proud of. What do your family like most about living in Bendigo? I suppose it is the mix between a big city and country that we love. It is also very close to everything which is great. In summer we go up to Murray River and camp, water ski and generally relax and enjoy ourselves. We also often head to Melbourne for a range of activities. Do you have any advice for new people to the area? Bendigo and Central Victoria is a great place for families, a great place for business and it is close enough to most places so that you get the best of everything. ■

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giving it the flick You shouldn’t have to punt when picking a good movie. Writer: Ben Cameron Betting is a bit on the nose at the moment. Tom Waterhouse ran a summer advertising campaign rivalling any federal government in history at election time, while bookies have bought their way into sporting commentary boxes. The line between independent thought and paid advertisement has become dangerously blurred. So it’s high time somebody took the gamble out of choosing movies at least, because it’s stressful enough, involving clear financial and emotional risks. Think about it. It’s cheaper to put down a deposit on a house than shout a loved one a ticket, coke and popcorn at the flicks these days. And then there’s the emotional stakes. At the cinema there’s a good chance you’ll run into an ex with their lovely new beau under their arm. Bloody awkward if you’re attending solo. So to make for a smoother cinematic experience, from ticket stub to sneaky back rub, consider the following tips. 1. Know your local video store staff like you know your own mother. If you’re going to call on their expertise, make sure you’ve got a firm grip on their personality first. Unlike movie classifications, the distribution of advice in video stores is

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not closely regulated, so tread carefully.

5. Avoid the cash-in, straight-to-video movie.

2. Leave the past in the past.

The cinematic version of up-selling at McDonalds, where the subtext is: ‘‘You liked Leo in Titanic? Well, why not give Critters 3 a go? Loved Russell Crowe in Gladiator? Dude, you’re gonna go crazy for Mystery, Alaska’’. Marketing people are a cunning bunch, and when an actor’s profile explodes on the back of an absolute blockbuster, that stinker they appeared in years ago, back when they waited tables for food suddenly sees the light of day, or is re-released. Even though said star appears as ‘‘barman’’ in just one scene.

When wandering the video store, try to avoid nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake with your selection. For every movie you enjoyed as a kid like Star Wars, there’s a Weekend at Bernies that’s aged like a pair of acid wash jeans. Watching a dead man being used as a marionette was fun back in the 1980s, but with the passing of time all you can see now is gaping holes in the plot and tasteless gags about necrophilia. 3. Check the movie poster fine print. There is often a clear link between the quality of a film and the quality of appraisal above the title. There are two things to check: what is said and who is saying it. ‘‘Four stars’’ from Margaret Pomeranz is a big tick, ‘‘Quite good!’’ is a touch too ambiguous, while ‘‘This movie totes rocked the house!’’ from some FM DJ in Brisbane you’ve never heard of should be viewed with absolute suspicion. 4. Don’t linger or lurk. Taking your time before making a selection is smart. And taking a sneaky peak in the adult section is perfectly normal, as long as you don’t linger any longer than three seconds. After that you’re just another dirty perve.

6. When in doubt, flick the flick. It’s OK to turn off early. You do not have obligation to anybody to sit through Love Actually. You do not have to suffer Hugh Grant’s ridiculous dance sequence or a precocious tot bleating to Liam Neeson about love, instead of Nintendo or whatever normal 10-year-olds are into these days. 7. Ask for a refund. Don’t wait for the credits, take that Love Actually ticket and march right up to the front desk. If you were served an over-hyped, undercooked steak, you’d be requesting a refund, or at least a sit down discussion with the chef. And bad films do a lot more damage than dodgy food. Mental scarring lasts a lot longer than food poisoning. ■


John Williamson: still true blue Forty-three years after his first attempt, Aussie legend John Williamson remains devoted to shaping the nation’s own unique musical voice. Writer: Ben Cameron

Described as his foundation song, 1970’s Old Man Emu was a conscious first step towards Williamson’s dream of stirring national pride in song, which would eventually manifest in 1986’s iconic record Mallee Boy. ‘‘I really wanted to create something for us,’’ Williamson said. ‘‘Back in the 70s if you put on Countdown all they ever did was get good looking young singers who mimed covers. ‘‘Then it progressed to recording covers, the originality was just so rare. Billy Thorpe came up with some songs, but not a lot, and the (Australian) country singers generally had an American style of music.’’ It was there Williamson found an opening, but without the gimmick factor of Pub With No Beer or Tie Me Kangaroo Down, of which his first recording was so closely entwined. ‘‘It didn’t come from making money, it was through for pride for my country,’’ he said. ‘‘I just wanted to be myself... it wasn’t so much something I cottoned onto, it was something I believed in. ‘‘I was just determined to make it work, I was just so peed off (with the music at the time). I was just determined to show we could have our own music. (I) still fight for it (today).’’

Some, including Williamson himself, might recall Old Man Emu as his Sadie moment, but it took him another 16 years to feel like he’d truly arrived with Mallee Boy. ‘‘It was always my aim to come up with serious songs like Cootamundra Wattle and I succeeded by the time Mallee Boy came out,’’ Williamson said, who’s maintained his relatively simple approach ever since. ‘‘I’m just a songwriter who writes about my country. I’m nothing like American country music, it’s really a kind of its own style. ‘‘I just call it songs for our country. I could branch off into a rock style, if you listen to True Blue its not really a country song, its a

songs) are still relevant, it’s not like a pop artist with a trendy way of doing things,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s about things that don’t really change that much, whether it’s Raining On The Rock or droughts and floods and fires.’’ His songs are much like the man himself, who has no desire to change his style. ‘‘I think people would see through it,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t think I’ve changed, I don’t think people would want to see me change, I guess that’s part of the true blue thing.

bit of a laid back rock song.’’

‘‘I still have a strong belief in being strong about who we are (as a country). On the last album I put on a few rock songs and I didn’t get much reaction from it.’’

Williamson admits he’s never been concerned if his slice of Australiana translated overseas, although fans pop up in the mostunlikely places.

With the next generation of fans starting to come to his gigs – he played nearly 90 last year – Williamson admits he’s been able to recycle the hits for a new audience.

‘‘There’s something about it (Old Man Emu), even when I played it at a folk festival in France... there’s something about the rhythm of it that never dies,’’ he said. ‘‘When I sung ‘I can’t fly, but I’m telling you’ the whole damn lot of them sung back ‘I can run the pants off a kangaroo’”. He says his song’s imagery and truth have ensured their longevity. ‘‘The words (to my

‘‘A lot of parents, who had it (his music) played to them as kids, are now doing it with their kids,’’ he said. ‘‘So I’m kind of recycling (laughs). ‘‘It’s that period between maybe 14 and 19 where the kids get into heavy metal or whatever, but they always come back.’’ John Williamson plays The Capital July 19. ■

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Season 2013


Sundowner Wednesday 12 June 8pm Starring Helen Morse, Sundowner combines theatre, dance and physicality in a story of lament and at times, grief and sorrow. Ultimately though, this is a story of love: love of family, love of history and love of life.

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Colourful yarns from a local legend Meet a knitter anywhere in this wide brown land, say you’re from Bendigo, and watch their eyes light up. Writer: John Holton - Photographer: David Field

For devotees of the clicking needles – those who can’t walk past a ball of eight-ply without rubbing the yarn between thumb and index finger – Bendigo is Mecca. And its temple is the Bendigo Woollen Mills, tucked away behind the Tramways workshop in Lansell Street. To compare it to a spiritual experience may seem like hyperbole, but to step inside the spinning room and see the machinery in full swing (or is that spin?) is a magical experience. In Willy Wonker parlance, it’s like being given a golden ticket. My tour guide is the Woollen Mills’ Product Development and Customer Relations manager Kris Taylor, and she understands my excitement at seeing the machinery in action. After four years in the job, she still

gets a buzz from the colour and movement of yarn production.

Bendigo was as much a result of chance as hard work and commitment to quality.

“It’s always a hive of activity and colour,” she says with a smile, as the yarn dances around us.

As a young man, owner Colin Walker was living in Colac and as he says, “mostly interested in playing footy.” However, a scholarship to Deakin University in Geelong allowed him to stay close to home and complete a Bachelor of Applied Science in Textiles at the same time.

“We have two shifts working each day, so the machines pretty much work around the clock. “Our staff have an incredible knowledge base. They work with everything from two to 12-ply yarns in over 100 different colours. And it’s not just pure wool – they’re also blending with mohair, silk, angora, and other boutique natural fibres. We have the largest range of natural fibre yarns anywhere in the world.” That the country’s largest hand-knitting yarn mail order manufacturer ended up in

“After I gained my degree I was working at the Wangaratta Woollen Mills where I met my original business partner,” Colin explains. “When we decided to set up our own mill in the early 1980s, we were looking for a town with a coolish climate and a good population base. We narrowed it down to Bendigo and Ballarat.” Ballarat’s loss was undoubtedly Bendigo’s

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gain with the woollen mills now processing between 1500 and 2000 orders every week and the shop attracting not just an extremely loyal local clientele, but knitting pilgrims from all over the country. On any given day you’ll find a good number of caravans in the carpark – supplicants looking to experience the tactile pleasures of shopping in person. But as Colin says, it’s mail order that has been the business’ main stay for almost 30 years. “Back then, mail order was a bit radical from a business point of view. It wasn’t our original intention, but it made good sense. It increased our market to the whole

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of Australia, and wool is an ideal product to ship via post. It’s soft, easy to package, doesn’t get damaged easily, and unlike clothes, there are no discrepancies with sizes et cetera. What people order is what arrives.” Sales really spiked for the Bendigo Woollen Mills in the 90s. They advertised in popular women’s magazines like the Women’s Weekly and New Idea and gained a national profile. “It was a huge time for the Australian wool industry and we were lucky to tap into that.,” Colin says. “Much of our success has been due to the quality of the raw materials we source. I’ve had the same buyer based in Oberon in the Blue Mountains for the past 30 years. All our Merino and Merino/Cross wool comes from

the central NSW region, is between 24 and 29 microns, and hand picked for quality.” In the past decade the landscape has changed yet again. The internet has allowed the woollen mills to reach a whole new customer base, particularly the online communities of young people interested in craft. “There’s been a huge resurgence in knitting,” Kris says, “and our customers cover a really broad demographic. It’s not just older ladies anymore. “One of our great strengths, I believe, is the relationship we’ve been able to build with our customers. We get lots of direct feedback that is very touching. People often send us Christmas cards, and of course there are the sad days when a family

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Pictured: Kris Taylor, Ann Thomas and Kai Crossmon of The Bendigo Woollen Mills. member rings to cancel an order because a mother or a grandmother has passed away. People definitely have a strong emotional attachment to the business. “Five times a year we send out shade cards that contain around 300 samples of the latest colours and yarns, so that customers can actually touch the wool, see the colours for real, and get excited about their orders.” But nothing comes close to replacing the feast of colour and tactile joy that is the Bendigo Woollen Mills shop. And nothing sums up the experience more than “the

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magic backroom”, as many customers describe it. “It’s where we clear all the factory mishaps at bargain prices,” Kris says. “Dyes that went wrong, underweight balls of yarn, anything that’s not quite up to our exacting standards.” But as every knitter knows, one person’s botched dye lot is another’s purler, especially here at the Mecca of wool. And you just know that for every ball of yarn that leaves this place, it’s just the beginning of the magic. ■

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Winter is a time where most people think of drinking a bigger, heavier style wine, maybe sampling a durif or even a nicely-crafted port in front of a roaring fire. There are plenty of other options, however. Writer: Ashley Raeburn - Photographer: Anthony Webster


There are variety of white wines that sit comfortably with the colder weather. Here are some local options of red and white wines to sample through the cooler months and don’t forget, it’s a great chance to visit cellar doors as the wine makers are generally more accessible and more than happy to show you the results of their hard work.

Tellurian, marsanne 2011.

Eppalock Ridge, shiraz 2008.

Balgownie Estate, estate shiraz 2009.

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Tellurian is a new winery to the Heathcote region, however, winemaker Tobias Anstead will be no stranger to some, having held the role of chief wine maker at Balgownie as well as producing wines under his own label Anstead & Co. With Tobias at the helm and industry experts Ian and Daniel Hopkins looking after everything else, this winery will certainly succeed. It is definitely worth a trip to the cellar door to check out their other wines as well (open on the third weekend of every month in 2013).

There is no denying this is one of my favourite Heathcote wineries, owned and operated by the Hourigan family. After changing professions in 1976, Rod and Sue Hourigan spent time at some of the country’s most famous wineries learning the winemaking trade. Recognising the potential of Heathcote as a region that could produce fantastic red wines, they established Eppalock Ridge in 1979 and have become renowned for producing excellent quality, affordable wines with proven ability to age gracefully.

Originating from the Northern Rhone in France, there are not too many straight marsanne produced in Australia (think Tahbilk for Australia’s most famous offering). This is a fantastic white wine for winter, displaying hints of citrus, white peach and blossom on the nose with a very textural palate. The careful, integrated oak nuances come through along with flavours of cooked apple, vanilla and subtle hints of lemon zest deliver a lengthy, mouth filling finish.

With some time in bottle, this shiraz is really hitting its straps. The delicate aromas of cherry, blackberry and vanilla entice you from the moment it hits the glass. These aromas lead into a midweight palate which is elegant and delightful. Both black and red fruit flavours are shown along with subtle hints of mint on the back palate. With a long lasting, polished finish, this is a wine that you most definitely will want to savour.

Balgownie Estate is one of the quintessential Bendigo wineries. Helping revive Bendigo as a wine region through the efforts of Stuart Anderson in 1969, Balgownie quickly established itself as a premier producer of Bendigo wines. Originally famed for its shiraz and cabernet, it is worth noting that Balgownie now produces a wide range of white wines that deserve attention as well. The cellar door provides some great food offerings every day in a beautiful setting, overlooking the well-maintained vineyard. This is a classical Bendigo shiraz showing a deep dense colour in the glass with intense red and dark fruit nose. Decadent flavours of ripe plum and raspberry fill your mouth with underlying characters of spice and oak complimenting the flavours from the nose. This decadent wine continues to provide plenty of depth, even after the last sip, with those rich fruit flavours continuing to linger, providing a finish that will warm you all the way to your toes.

Waterwheel, cabernet sauvignon 2012. Bendigo. Retail: $20 members: $12.50 Having farmed in the Bendigo region for more than 50 years, the Cumming’s family purchased the Waterwheel Winery in 1989. Since then, they have further grown the vineyard with extensions and other vineyard plantings throughout the Bridgewater region. Since the original release, Waterwheel has become the go-to Bendigo wine for many, with their consistent, quality offerings bringing joy to many family gatherings. If you are looking for a wine for you Sunday Roast Lamb then look no further than this offering. With a magenta, ruby colour, there are aromas of cherries, blackberries and just a touch of spicy oak. The classical mint characteristics come through on the palate with black cherry and blackberries and carefullyused oak playing its part helping develop the fine grippy tannins that will continue to soften. Bring in this article and recieve a 10 per cent discount on any of the wines reviewed above. Wine Bank on View, 45 View Street, Bendigo. (03) 5444 4655.

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a good brew

Fire and ice. Winter. This is where big beers have their day in the sun or ideally, out of a tulip glass under the red heat of Dispensary’s laneway heaters, by the fire at Goldmines or warmed by the brewery kettle at Brookes Brewery. Writer: Justin McPhail - Photographer: Anthony Webster Impressively black Russian Imperial Stouts, over the top barley wines and rich buttery Belgian ales all warm you up (and depending on the ABV, dress you down). Here’s a look at two international heroes of beer, and two local brews that punch above their weight with complex malt backbones and alcohol percentages that make you say “shut up and take my money”.

Sierra Nevada – Pale Ale The beer that started the revolution. It’s rare that revolutions happen without religious or political persuasions, though given the way some people worship this beer, it’s created a religion. Brewed by the Grossman brothers from California, this American pale ale took the world by storm with its unique take on the pale ale style (originally British) with a hop forward aroma, pleasant bitterness and smooth palate. Back when good tasting beer were three words never mentioned together in a sentence, it was a true game changer. We’re starting to see more and more of the Sierra Nevada beers over here, this is the best one to get you into the game, before trying their Torpedo, and when in stock at Dispensary, Hoptimum (a beer so bitter you’ll turn into your mother-in-law). Try this beer with spicy food like American style chicken wings, vindaloo or jalapeno laced tacos.

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Bridge Road Brewers – Aurora Borealis

Gage Roads - The Convict Australian Strong Ale

Named after the Northern Lights, brewed in Norway, shipped in unrefridgerated Scottish Whisky barrels to Australia (with a few barrels exploding along the way), bottled in Beechworth, 14.9 percent ABV. There’s so much going on with this beer before you even open the bottle. It even has a sister beer – Aurora Australis, brewed in Beechworth, shipped in Red Wine barrels, bottled in Norway, 14.9 percent ABV. So, the beer itself: I describe it (as I was drinking with four friends – this is a beer that MUST be shared), as a classic Hollywood romantic drama. Full of sweetness and honey at the front, and dark and heavy at the end. If you drink it alone, it’s a classic tragedy. Surprisingly, there’s no overwhelming alcohol hit, it’s very subtle and sweet. Enjoy with friends. I’m cellaring a bottle to see how this beer matures over the next few years. Available at Goldmines Hotel, match with rich washed rind cheese (epoisses), grilled morcilla (from Casa Iberica) and pork crackle.

Brewed for Australia Day by Western Australian brewery Gage Roads, this 7.2 percent ‘Australian Strong Ale’ is as fierce as its label. Using four Australian hop varieties (galaxy, ella, topaz and summer), the fresh tropical hop aroma is soon surpassed by a bagful of malt and finished off with a rich bitterness. Artfully balanced, this type of beer is not the norm for Gage Roads, who produce a variety of clear and mostly unexciting lagers. Luckily for us, this clout of nationally produced easy drinkers allows beers like the Convict to get into major outlets and into the hands of you and I. Given the theme, match this beer to barbecue food – personally, pork and fennel sausages using McIvor Farm pork meat is the best, the rich malt will complement the strong flavour of the meat, and the bitterness will help cut through the fat. Available at Dan Murphy’s in Bendigo.

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Chimay – Red A Belgian amber ale defined as a ‘dubbel’. Rich, buttery, smooth and finishes with light raisins/ plums. Also a very well hidden 7 per cent, thanks to the silky amber malt backbone. For me, this style of beer is what you reach for if you want to listen to jazz records and speak ill of the bourgeoisie as a wave of cigar smoke hangs in the room (so, at home, by the fire with friends, obviously). The style originated in Belgian as part of the trappist style of brewing, Westmalle brewed the first in 1856. One of only eight trappist breweries in the world, Chimay is one of the more well known. Distinctive yeast strains and consistent quality have made these beers a staple, and have influenced new world American styles such as the Moo Brew Belgo and Dogfish Head Altar Boy (Belgian dubbel – aged in Bourbon barrels). The Chimay Red is suited well with soft French cheese, creamy curries or even a berry panacotta. Available at major retailers, Belgian styles available frequently at Dispensary.

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MEASURING VALUE There is an old adage that goes “you get what you pay for”, which implies that if it’s cheap, it wont be any good. Surely this doesn’t apply to all things in life? Writer: Tim Baxter - Photographer: David Field I find “value” in many things. Some expensive and some inexpensive – but the common thread between them all is that the joy they provide me is greater than the perceived cost to me, financial or otherwise. It rarely happens anymore, because of work and kids, but spending a few hours on the weekend reading a newspaper from cover to cover, is, to me, quite possibly the most entertaining and informative thing that can ever be done. The sheer amount of effort and work that has gone into thinking, writing, collating, editing, formatting, designing and printing a newspaper blows my mind. And it can be yours for a gold coin or two. For a little bit more, a $20 note can still supply you with two hours of intense and visceral entertainment. Spending an afternoon with Scorsese or Tarantino and popcorn at the cinema…well that is extraordinary value to me. Now when it comes to food and drink, everyone’s perceptions are completely governed by their own tastes and upbringing. When I was a kid minimum chips was great value. Not so much

nowadays. To many Bendigonians, a parma and pot at the local pub represents great value. That big old plate of grub has long been the gauge by which we measure value. But when I think of value in food I always come back to the oyster. The humble oyster is a truly unique foodstuff. A good freshly shucked oyster is at the pinnacle of many food lovers’ lists of total indulgence and luxury…but at less than $4 an oyster, even at the very best restaurant, I often wonder why its considered a luxury? They are affordable and accessible. To eat the very best Wagyu beef in this country will cost you well over $100 a kilo. To eat caviar will cost you considerably more, but to enjoy an oyster costs as little as a couple of gold coins. And while we are discussing gold coins, how about a freshlybaked sourdough loaf from an artisan baker. One of the most versatile products ever made. A staple of living and an inexpensive foodie necessity. It’s near impossible for my family to go to Melbourne and not visit the multitude of Vietnamese restaurants in Victoria Street,

Richmond. Comfortably the cuisine we miss the most living in Central Victoria. Their Pho or its derivative, egg noodle soup with prawn and pork won tons, is hands down the best value meal on the planet to my family. Less than $10, filling, super flavoursome and still kind of exotic, even after all these years. Often at the same restaurant we will watch the cooks at the front of the shop take their giant cleavers and briskly chop us up entire roast ducks and loins of crispy skin pork or red char-sui pork. That’s dinner for the next couple of nights organised for about $40. Cracking value for our hungry family. On the Asian angle (often the source of much of the best-value meals the worldover), I would recommend the Yum Cha held on the third Sunday of every month at The Golden Dragon Museum in Bridge Street. Totally authentic, delicious, filling and if that’s not enough – BYO as well. How do I know? Well I volunteered to cook there for three years just to help Bendigo have access to something Melbournians take for granted. Just make sure you book – they seat 100 and it’s usually booked out. ■

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Under the boardwalk Delivering fresh, seasonal, uncomplicated, sustainable and wholesome food – sous chef Nathan of the Boardwalk Bendigo shares with us his passion for the kitchen. Photographer: David Field Nathan has always had a passion for food, which was ignited when he was just a little boy baking cakes and biscuits with his grandmother to enter baking competitions at the Bendigo show. Nathan studied and completed his apprenticeship in Bendigo and after winning Apprentice of the Year, was lured to Western Australia to work in a Margaret River restaurant. While it was an incredible experience, and cooking for famous chef Peter Gilmore at the restaurant being one of Nathan’s career highlights, it was Andy, owner of the Boardwalk who was able to lure Nathan (and his extraordinary talents) back to Bendigo. “In Western Australia I was working up to 70 hours a week in the kitchen. Bendigo provides me with a more balanced lifestyle and it’s great to be home,” Nathan said. “The location of The Boardwalk is amazing and so is the atmosphere that our customers and staff provide. We all get along so well and love to make the kitchen a fun environment to be a part of.” Nathan shares with us the recipe for a dish that kicks off a 12 months ancient grain showcase menu at The Boardwalk Bendigo, where each month a signature dish will be available incorporating a different ancient grain. Sumac, sesame and quinoa crusted chicken breast will be available on the specials board for the month of June.

Sumac, sesame and quinoa crusted chicken breast (gluten free).

into quinoa mix until coated evenly. For best

Serves Four

Place pan over medium heat and place

• 110g quinoa flakes • 50g sesame seeds • Three 1/2 tsp sumac • 35g rice flour • 2tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsley • One 1/2tsp finely grated lemon zest • 35g rice flower • Two eggs, lightly whisked • 60ml milk • Four skinless chicken breasts • Oil for frying

enough oil in the pan to cover the bottom,

results double crumb the breast. Repeat with the remaining breasts.

once hot, place the breasts in the pan and cook each side until golden. Remove from the pan and place in oven at 180 degrees for eight to 10 minutes. Serve with roasted baby vegetables and lemon butter sauce.



• Zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon

Combine the quinoa flakes, parmesan, parsley, lemon zest, sesame seeds and sumac in a bowl. Mix until combined.

• 1/2tsp chopped parsley

Place rice flour in a bowl and the milk and egg in a separate bowl. Dust chicken breast with rice flour, dip in egg wash and press

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SOME LIKE IT HOT An old Finnish proverb translates as “one should behave in the sauna the way one behaves in a church.” Writer: Katarina McNeill Photographer: David Field In Finland the sauna is just about considered a rite of passage. It is a place where children are born, a ritual before marriage and even a place where the elderly choose to leave this earth in peace and warmth. The Finnish sauna was quite often linked to spirituality, healing and ceremony; the sauna meant a quiet, peaceful place and a clean, warm haven. Known to most as a great weight-loss tool, the sauna also boasts many other health benefits, both physically and psychologically, and like most things over time, has evolved and improved – coming a long way from a timber cabin and coals. Infrared saunas are the cousin of the traditional steam sauna, operating off infrared rays rather than steam, it has the ability to operate 20 – 30 degrees lower and proving seven to 10 times more effective than the conventional steam sauna. Refresh Day Spa in Bendigo, offered Bendigo Magazine the opportunity to test out their infrared edition. Not well versed in the capabilities of ‘infrared’, owners Simon and Tracy filled me in on the wide spectrum of health benefits. The most commonly talked about benefit linked to saunas is weight loss. Far infrared sauna therapy can aid in weight loss and the management of cellulite by speeding up the metabolic process, with the dry heat (as opposed to steam) it makes it more comfortable to stay in for a longer period. The sauna assists in skin purification as the heat increases blood circulation to carry greater amounts of oxygen and nutrients to the skin, promoting not only a healthy skin tone and texture, but may assist in better circulation, normalising blood pressure and the alleviation of muscle cramp and injury. For the cooler months in particular, sauna

therapy also helps to boost immunity, with the immune system being strengthened by the increase in core temperature, which can mimic fever and in turn, triggers an immune response. So, armed with my new education on infrared saunas, I ventured into Refresh Day Spa for a test drive. Armed with magazines (which would normally be impossible in a steam environment) and a bottle of chilled water, I donned a free-flowing strapless number and stepped into my sauna experience. When Simon set the sauna to 58 degrees, I must admit I was a little worried, I experienced 50 degree heat one summer in Mildura and goodness me, I was one

hot little potato. The infrared sauna was different though, stepping into the warmth, I instantly felt relaxed and although I was warm, the temperature crept up to 61º with no consequence whatsoever. My breathing felt clearer, muscles relaxed, invigorated but with a delightful sense of calm. I wonder if I could add a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and a cheese plate to the mix… No, probably not wise. Slipping out and onto a massage table would have been bliss, and most clients do this as the muscles are in the best state to manipulate after a sauna session, but alas I had to dash. Sold on the benefits, I will return. And again. Maybe with some camembert. ■

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BENDIGO’s BUSH LEGEND Cogho is on the couch with country football sporting personality Denis Grinton, who has played more than 450 senior games. He was a gun on the footy field but is he any good with the tough questions? Cog: Dennis, tell us about your football career?

Cog: What’s the biggest sledge you have copped?

Dennis: I’ve been involved in footy for 34 years beginning with the juniors at Eaglehawk. I’ve pulled on the boots for clubs Northern United, Pyramid Hill, South Adelaide in the SANFL, Sandhurst, Mount Pleasant and have had a coaching role at Pyramid Hill, Huntly, Stanhope and Mount Pleasant. This year I’m heading up to Mitiamo to coach. I’ve been playing and coaching senior football for more than 25 years and mum tells me in that time I have played more than 450 senior games, 42 finals and been a member of five premiership teams.

Dennis: The only reason they built this fence around the ground was to keep you in.

Cog: Who is your biggest supporter?

Julia Gillard – Need a change and didn’t like how she got into power in the first place.

Dennis: My Mum has seen me play each and every game – no matter where I was playing. My uncle John (Gruby) is also a big supporter of mine.

Cog: Are people starting to warm to the Bendigo Gold Football Club? Dennis: I hope so. It’s a great opportunity for young footballers to play at the highest level they can around this district. Aussie Jones is outstanding not only as a coach but a person. I Hope all Bendigo gets behind him and the concept. Cog: Tell me the first thing that pops into your head with the following: James Hird – Big-time player.

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Dennis: The premierships for sure.

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pick a path Life is a choose-your-own adventure. I love asking kids to glimpse into their future to see what it holds. Writer: Kylie Freer - Photographer: Anthony Webster I enjoy finding out about how they imagine their own abilities, in the form of perceived potential and limitations, will collide with their passions and interests. It tells me more about how they see themselves in the present, than in the future. With age comes an understanding that we can only fit so much into our days and our lifetime, but for the younger ones, their imagination is their world and their world is fuelled by their experiences, both real and imagined. My son, still at kinder, can’t be an Octonaut because he doesn’t have the right jumper (apparently), yet he is still planning a fast paced, adventurous existence as an astronaut, a Formula One race car driver, and a policeman. He wants to make certain everyone is doing the right speed, but only he will be allowed to go fast and be powered by his jet packs. My daughter, a few years older, is leaning away from human medicine and kindergarten dreams of nursing, to pursue her fascination with animals and idolisation of Bindi Irwin. She wants to be a vet and work with koalas, kangaroos and other native and zoological animals. Fascinated with Deadly 60 animals on the ABC, poisonous creepy crawlies definitely are not on her radar, but playing soccer with

a cheetah or studying elephants in South Africa would be awesome. With a love for investigating the dirt and garden for lizards, frogs and bugs, a fascination of wounds and penchant to prod bruises, it will be interesting to see where her journey leads. What does this mean for us as a family? Basically, we can’t pass a pop-up petting farm without stopping for a pat of rabbits and goats. Loud engines either on road, rail, in water or air cause us to pause in awe momentarily. School holidays consist of visits to the zoo, aquarium and pet stores via trips on trams, trains, buses, boats and planes. I’m not sure where climbing and jumping fit in, but maybe policemen and vets need to know parkour these days? Personally, I think the term, parkour, is derived from the need to stop in every available park and playground for an hour at a time to experience that one small step for mankind, and one giant leap for childhood. Despite their love of farmers’ markets with piles of fresh food, our kids’ taste buds are much less adventurous culturally-speaking, yet they love experiencing different culture. Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor and my kids will take any opportunity to stop for street art, clowns and acrobats, photos in the tulips, African

drums, didgeridoos, Chinese dancing, anyone singing live, even a good busker in the mall. However, it would be safe to say that when my son is racing for Ferrari he will be most appreciative there isn’t a Scottish Grand Prix. He loves the twirling ‘pompom drumsticks’ but he isn’t really a fan of the old bagpipes. Our opportunities provide us with experiences and it is our experiences that help to shape us. I am sure there will be blips in my children’s journeys to becoming what and who they want to be. The most recent was when my son ran to me distraught and told me he can’t be an astronaut anymore. His four year old heart was broken in two, “I’m getting too old to be an astronaut!” Technically, any real astronaut will tell you that we are all in space, but once he realised only adults can go into outer space, he went straight back to jamming a lunchwrap roll down his back, one in either hand and powering his way around the house. Balance between earth and space and real and imagined existence has returned. He owns his future again; it is a choose-yourown-adventure and he innately knows that destiny comes to those who are prepared. In the words of Shakespeare, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” ■

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was attending the WNBL Grand Final at the Bendigo Stadium earlier this year and watching Kristi Harrower lead her team to a well-earned and significant victory. Leaving the stadium that day my assessment was that Kristi Harrower is Bendigo’s finest ever sporting talent. A big call some might say. And if your only sport is AFL I can understand that to a degree. But when you consider Kristi’s international achievements as a four-time Olympian with three silver medals, a world championship gold medal, her national success with basketball and finally what she has contributed to and achieved at our local level, I can find no other name that competes with her credentials and list of achievements. This article could be filled with just running through her record but I’ll leave you to Google her record some other time. Because the thing I’d like to mention is what she has put back not only to her sport, but her home town. At 38 years of age she was still playing so well and leading incredibly well yet found the time to honour local commitments and promote the game and encourage others to compete, attend games and get involved with the sport. And like most champions, she does it all with great humility and takes time for

everyone she meets. Sporting stars carry a high degree of responsibility with how they conduct themselves on and off the playing arena. Their influence on the young people that watch them is immense, whether they like it or not. They impact on how these young people will approach their own sport. It’s lovely to watch those Selwood boys or Nick Dal Santo interact with others and Kristi Harrower is the same. Sport is lucky to have these good people because there are too many occasions when the highly-strung sports person forgets their broader role and behaves badly and an everpresent media is all too quick to jump on those moments and no one ever wins from that. Shane Warne’s meltdown in last season’s Big Bash was a very sad incident for both him and the game and I’m sure many young people watching that game would have been disappointed as well. Bendigo has always loved its sporting stars, and there have been many and more to come, yet no one I know of comes close to what this amazing little woman has achieved. And I love the way she has gone about it. Which makes it even more special. ■

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STATE OF THE SMART It’s an attack of the Androids with release of the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z. Writer: Basil Curtis Both are top-end Android handsets and both are big‘uns to boot. The Sony Xperia Z’s 5-inch screen is marginally bigger than the 4.7-inch display of the HTC One. If you haven’t played with either brand of smart phone, you might have trouble driving them with only one hand at the start. But, with a little practice you’ll be checking your super-coach score with one hand and painting the sequel to the Mona Lisa with the other (don’t stress if you can’t paint,

there’s an app for that now). Both have Quad-core processors and 2GB of RAM, with the HTC One’s CPU slightly faster at 1.7GHz than the Sony Xperia Z’s 1.5 GHz. The HTC One comes in either 32GB or 64GB storage options where as the Sony Xperia Z seemingly lets the ball drop with only 16GB storage size available, however, it has the capacity to be beefed up with a 32GB microSD card. Phewph!


to get, “signs point to yes.”

The creators of HTC One have done a lot of work to make the phone do a lot of the work for its user. The ‘UltraPixel’ camera contains a 4-megapixel sensor that is able to capture 300 per cent more light than normal smartphones and is capable of 1080p video recording. It also has with a 2.1 megapixel cam on the front for self portraits.

Zoe also packs a creepily impressive punch with its “Always Smile” feature and puts the perfect in picture perfect with its “object removal” feature. Always Smile allows you to sync people’s smiles in a group shot, even if somebody’s a little early or late on the, “okay, say cheese,” cue. And if someone walks into frame at the wrong moment or one of your lovely friends decides to ‘photo bomb’ a great photo, the culprits can be removed afterthe-fact.

When the camera is opened, the Zoe feature automatically captures three seconds of footage, from which either a single shot can be grabbed or video capture can be continued. It’s a great function for those not wanting to miss shots while the camera is being set up in position. Zoe can also be used to make highlight video packages using your images, movies, music and different pre-packaged themes. If you don’t like the random selection of media Zoe puts together, you can get a new arrangement, just like when the Magic 8 Ball gives you, “don’t count on it,” and you shake it again

In terms of weight or a lack thereof, the HTC One weighs in at 143 grams while the Sony Xperia Z must be sneaking carbs after 4pm because it’s a whopping 146 grams. Obviously, I couldn’t feel the difference between them. So in terms of industry leading specs, both phones are pretty on par. Let’s take a look at the individual features that are unique to each device. If you need an entertainment snack, BlinkFeed will curb your cravings. The battery life appears to have been slightly comprised for the svelte body design but with a curved back and tapered edges, the HTC One is delicious piece of technology to hold, so all is forgiven.

The smart flash also automatically chooses one of five levels of flash that is set by distance to the subject – their retinas will thank you later. HTC BlinkFeed is new and for ‘information snacking.’ It packs all your feeds into one place, be that updates from your favourite newspaper or social media site.

Sony Xperia Z The Xperia Z combines a super thin profile with tempered glass covering front and back, making for a durable and non-scratch surface. It’s also dust and water resistant, perfect for those I dub “swimming coaches,” for their commitment to launching mobiles into bodies of water. You’ll be getting razor sharp images with a 13.1 megapixel camera on the back and a 2.2 megapixel camera on the front. A sweet camera feature is the Sweep Panorama mode that shoots a high-speed burst of frames as you schhhh-wing the camera from one side to the other. The images are stitched together automatically to create what I call a no-dramapanorama. Those who cling to their battery lives for dear life will enjoy Stamina mode, which is stricter on saving power than my dad since the recent rise in electricity prices. Being an Android, the Xperia Z does chew through the battery power when active but with an improved Stand-by mode, when the handset is snoozing in your pocket it isn’t using much power at all. The Sony Xperia S was good, the Xperia T was better, but thank goodness the Xperia Z is the best because there’s no more letters in the alphabet left. Both devices are available at the Telstra Shop. ■ 144 | Bendigo Magazine - Issue 31

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better man Sometimes it’s good to be a bloke, and it starts with saving on shoes. Writer: Ash McAuliffe - Photographer: Anthony Webster

I have been writing this column for more than six years now and regular readers will agree that most of the time I present an objective, unbiased and fair view of the differences between men and women and the daily frustrations that they give each other. Some recent feedback indicates that some of my male readers feel that I have been giving blokes that short end of the stick. So in this column I thought that I would give some much-needed reassurance to my male readers by pointing out a few reasons why it is better to be a guy than a girl. Three pairs of shoes is more than enough. Guys need a pair of black shoes, brown shoes and casual shoes. That’s it. If you look in a girls wardrobe and you find less than 10 pairs, then it is more than likely that she has been robbed. Some girls even buy shoes and then never wear them (Andrea). The orange pair of shoes in the above photo has never been worn. If you take $100 as an average cost for a pair of shoes, the savings just by being a bloke runs into the thousands.

site eating a banana and see what happens. Same goes for licking and ice cream or eating a hotdog. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Speak to a guy who is about to or has just been married about the stress of planning the day and he’ll say something like “it all went pretty smoothly” or “there wasn’t much to it”, yet if you chat to a bride-to-be a few days before her wedding she will be running around furiously organising things and making and taking phone calls about flowers, cakes and stuff. Also, wedding dress: $2000 verses suit hire: $100. If a guy turns 35 and is still single, no one thinks anything of it.

time while waiting for your lovely other half to emerge from the bathroom in the tenth outfit change? Meanwhile, us guys put on a pair of jeans, choose from three pairs of shoes, then pick up a t-shirt that doesn’t smell too bad and we’re ready to go. If it’s an important event we shave, put our suit on, find a clean-ish tie and we’re away. There you go guys, a few good reasons why it is good to be a bloke explained in detail. If you still don’t feel reassured, then here’s a few more: Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds. None of your colleagues are likely to make you cry. Chocolate is just another snack.

We all know one or two ladies in their 30s who are single, and it’s generally not a big deal, however they seem to get unwanted sympathy from their friends and are constantly being setup on blind dates with random dudes who are inevitably single for a reason. That just doesn’t seem to happen to guys.

Nobody stops telling a dirty joke when you enter the room.

Men can walk past a building site eating a banana.

Guys can be showered and ready in 10 minutes.

You don’t have to remember everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries.

Ladies, if you’re not sure what I’m talking about here, then try walking past a building

How many times have you guys been wandering around the house, checking the

It’s not a problem if another bloke turns up to a party wearing the same suit. ■

People don’t stare at your chest while you’re talking to them. You can go to the toilet without a support group. Your last name stays put.

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erica & scott


Photographer: Terri Basten

Scott and Erica met 10 years ago at the Charlton pub. Erica and her sister had embarked on a weekend road trip and happened upon the pub in Scott’s home town to which they spotted a fit, good looking man sitting across the room from them. “I said to my sister that the boy across the room was going to be mine by the end of the night.” Lucky for Erica, Scott had the same intention. From that moment she knew that he would be the man that she would marry. After seven years together, Scott proposed during a 12-month holiday the couple took travelling around Australia. While working in Geraldton for three months, they had made some great friends who decided to throw them a going away party in the backyard of where they were living. A beautiful fairy-lit pool set the scene for the Balinese-themed

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party where halfway through the night Scott took Erica aside to have a small chat. Erica admits that she was “slightly worried” about what he was going to say when Scott got down on one knee and presented her with a small black box. Inside, sat the most beautiful white Willie Creek pearl. “All I could say was ‘oh my goodness!’ I couldn’t believe after seven years it had finally happened.” It was very important to Erica that her wedding dress incorporated her personality and style, as she didn’t want to look like a traditional bride. The dress was designed and made by Linda Gorringe Couture in the Block Arcade, Melbourne. The fabric was a real mixture, consisting of delustered satin with a vintage lace trim with an organza and tulle layered skirt. The beading on the top was a silver detail with a delustered satin flower that had been dipped in a burnt orange

dye. “I chose this dress as it was most suited to my personality and I always knew that I would wear something different.” There were many highlights to Erika and Scott’s day held on January 25, 2013, among them, was Erica’s Dad driving her to their home in his HT Holden ute, to the song – “Get it on” by TREX, seeing her husband-tobe waiting patiently at the end of the aisle. The bouquets were made up of antique brooches created by Erica’s sister Elisha. Everything for their day was made by hand, from the arbour to the candles and signs. “We had moved into our home in August last year and worked really hard to create an amazing garden for our wedding. With help from friends and family we succeeded and we wanted to share this amazing place with everyone.”

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Love is in the air Our local newlyweds share with us an image of their wedding day.

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NARELLE RICHARDSON AND SHAUN DAVIDSON Married October 26, 2012 Ceremony and reception at Radcliffe’s, Echuca Photographer – Julie Bentley (Occhi Photography)

CHRISTINE HUNTER AND JUSTIN WILLIAMS Married December 8, 2012 Ceremony at Nanga Gnulle Gardens with reception at All Seasons Photographer – Leah Ladson Photography

TESSIE DOLE AND DANIEL SYMES Married February 9, 2013 Ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral with reception at the All Seasons Conservatory Photographer – Jamie Harrison

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RIKI BROWN AND GARY COATES Married December 1, 2012 Ceremony and reception at Chatsworth House, Chatsworth Photographer – Peta Jolly

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CLAIRE PATTON AND TIM PROCTOR Married January 19, 2013 Ceremony and reception at Big Hill Winery Photographer – Kenu Parker

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Sarah & Nicholas


Photographer: Richard Gibbs Photography

There aren’t many of Sarah’s memories from Year Eight on that Nick isn’t in. Meeting through mutual friends from a local youth group, the couple dated on and off for almost eight years before they married. “Nick proposed to me in the place where we met when we were young, at a hall in Quarry Hill.” On the night, Sarah had been out with girlfriends and Nick came over to her house afterwards and asked if he could take her for a drive. Telling Sarah he had seen a whole lot of Church Pews in Quarry Hill, she reluctantly ventured with him, drawn by her love of old furniture – complete in her PJ pants and slippers. “When we got there, there were obviously no pews, I said (a little sarcastically) ‘Oh how romantic, this is where we met’. He responded ‘Yeah, about that’ and got down

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on one knee.” Thinking it was a practical joke, Sarah’s first response was “have you asked my dad?” Sarah’s dress was hand made by Joan Hooper in Epsom, who enthusiastically assisted Sarah in pulling all of her ‘crazy ideas’ into the one dress. “I knew I had wanted lots of tulle and lace, and that it was the one day when I could dress like a princess. I didn’t see the finished product until two days before the wedding.” Luckily Joan did a perfect job – and Sarah wouldn’t change a thing. There was 170 metres of tulle in the skirts of the dress. Two embroidered hearts were sewn under the front of the gown; the material was from one of Sarah’s birth mother’s favourite shirts. Having passed away when Sarah was only four years old, these hearts

were a symbol that her mother was with Sarah every step and every minute of her day. There were so many personal touches that made their day perfect. “Obviously most of our favourite family and friends were there cheering us on, which made it the day that it was. My brother, a pastor at Connect Church in Bendigo, married us at the Forest Street Uniting Church on October 20, 2012.” One of Sarah’s favourite parts of the day was the fact that they were lucky enough to have Sarah’s father, Richard, as their photographer. “I loved having him there the whole day. One of the best things we did was use dad’s business’ photo-booth during the reception held in the Traders Hall Building, in View Street. All of our guests got up and had a turn at it, and we now have the best of memories of the night.”

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home solutions

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Home is where the heart is There are as many reasons for building a new home as there are types of people in the world. When local podiatrist Tammy Davis and husband Lacky McIntosh purchased a disused block of land in Forest Street, they set about designing what they hoped would be their dream home. Writer: John Holton - Photographer: David Field Six years and four beautiful children later, it’s clear they’ve not only created a home that suits all their practical and aesthetic needs, but more importantly, a space for a family to grow and be together in meaningful ways. You feel it when you step through the front door into the bright living area with its distinctive curved ceiling. It incorporates the lounge, dining area and kitchen, and with its extensive glazing and warm timber floors it is definitely a space for people; a place to meet and connect. It’s the very thing that inspired their original brief to designer Terry Mitton of E+ Architecture. “Lacky and I were sitting in a café one day, talking over ideas for the house,” Tammy remembers with a smile. “The waiter gave us some paper so we could jot things down,

and about 27 pages and several glasses of wine later we had the beginnings of a plan. “We knew we wanted lots of glass – lots of natural light. We wanted it to be contemporary, but with a warm and homely feel.” To this scribbler’s eye, they have achieved their goal, and more. Sitting with Tammy and Lacky at their long, stone kitchen bench, their daughters, Charlotte and Poppy, playing happily on the floor, and three-month-old Stella sleeping peacefully by the fire, it’s not just a picture of a family at peace in their surroundings, but one that shows the versatility of the living space; as both a family hub and a great place to entertain. Tammy says that the kitchen, in particular, is central to their lives. “It’s not just a place

to prepare food, though we do a lot of that – the kitchen bench is where the kids sit up to eat, where lots of conversation happens, and when we entertain we’ll often mill around the bench, use it to set out nibbles and things.” It’s also where the Clipsal C-bus system makes it possible to control the lighting, raise and lower the blinds on all that glazing, operate the alarm system, and control the audio appliances. And the best vantage point to take in the many levels that make up the home’s unique design. On the edge of the kitchen, stairs lead down to three bedrooms and a home office. At the bottom of the stairs is a rounded powder room, a clever design that makes the most of the curved walls of the living space. Affectionately known as “Lacky’s toilet”

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(grins) it has mosaic walls as well as a round toilet bowl and round basin to complete the theme. On the north-east corner of the living space, stairs lead up to the main bedroom with a north-facing glazed wall and doors opening directly to the deck, with lovely views across inner-city rooftops and to the historic QEO grandstand. Behind the bed is a cleverly concealed walkthrough wardrobe – a place for Tammy to store her extensive shoe collection. “I’m a podiatrist,” she says with a grin, “shoes are important.” Having four kids under the age of six means the bedroom is as much a family space as a private one for now, with young Stella sharing the room at night. The ensuite is the place for family bathtime and features custom-made sliding mirrors that reveal wonderful storage behind. The stone benchtops and porcelain floor tiles contrast to stunning effect. Back in the living space, what looks like

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a bar along the edge of the dining area actually conceals another set of stairs, leading to the lower, basement level. “The kids call them the ‘cold stairs’,” Tammy explains, “because it’s always a few degrees cooler down here.” It’s home to the laundry and drying room; a cellar/storage room; has private access to the double-car garage that is neatly hidden away beneath the entertaining deck; and for the kids, a large rumpus room to call their own.

townhouses at the back,” Tammy says, “but then thought, you know what, it’s much more important that the kids have somewhere to play – especially living innercity.” Adjacent to the tennis court is a lap pool, central to the family’s summer evenings, and a specially-engineered staircase giving easy access to the entertaining deck. One of the biggest challenges to the build was the site itself.

“It wasn’t on the original plan,” Tammy says. “It was one of those things that evolved with the project, but has turned out to be one of the best things we could have done. The kids love having their own space, especially when we have people over. It’s a place for them to do their own thing.”

“We knew it would be an unstable site,” Lacky says, “with this whole area having been used for mining in the 19th century. But it ended up being much more complicated than we envisaged. There are almost 90 concrete pylons under the house – many of them up to three metres deep.”

The room opens onto the tennis court, which is as much a kids playground as it is a place for adults to play a set or two.

This Steve McCarthy home is not your average build by any means. A mix of prestressed concrete beams, a timber frame – except for the steel bits, as Lacky jokes – and

“We originally planned to build three

concrete slab floors, but with stumps under the living area to achieve a “proper” timber floor. And then there were the challenges of building in the historic heart of Bendigo. The result is a house that is remarkably unobtrusive from the street – it’s pitched slate roof reminiscent of a California Bungalow. “People often say, ‘Oh, the house that’s been done-up’,” Tammy says. “So, it’s been a great achievement on Terry’s part to achieve that in a contemporary design.” So has it all been worth it? Is it the dream house they planned all those years ago in the café? “We love being in the heart of Bendigo,” Tammy says. “That’s a big part of it – the cathedral bells, the QEO siren – the sounds of Bendigo. “And just being here with Lacky and the kids – that’s what I love the most. People ask, how are you going with four kids? But I think this home, this space makes everything easier and more enjoyable.” ■ Issue 31 - Bendigo Magazine | 159

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Barking up the right tree Local landscaper Justin Carr branches out and explains the top five trees to plant in compact spaces. Writer: Justin Carr - Justin Carr Landscaping Photographer: David Field

Pyrus Calleryana – Callery Pear An excellent space saving technique for the small garden is the espalier technique which trains a plant to grow flat against a vertical surface. This wonderfully versatile tree is a great way to hide fences in your garden and give the area a sense of warmth and activity and provides a gorgeous blossom flower in the spring. While the espalier pear tree requires frequent pruning in order to maintain shape this tough, hardy and drought tolerant tree is becoming increasingly popular in the Bendigo area.

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Glauca – Italian Pencil Pine This elegant tree is commonly used as bookmarks to a doorway or path, to line a drive way or a feature wall in a garden as it provides strong architectural lines as well as providing a natural solution for screening or hedging in narrow confines. You can even plant them in large pots to frame your doorway or to add elegance to your alfresco area or pool. The pencil pine requires very little care and pruning and the growth and final height will differ due to climate and soil conditions.

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Olea Europaea – Olive Tree This versatile tree can be used in its natural state, hedged, in a pot or espalier, and is very fast growing. Some may like to grow an olive tree for fruit, while others grow the non-fruiting varieties as ornamental plants. Olive trees require sun and well-drained soil to flourish and usually prefer a south or east facing wall that provides direct sunlight. The olive tree is a symbol of joy, peace and happiness and due to its general hardiness, can make a great gift – even for those who don’t have a green thumb.

Ulmus Parvifolia – Chinese Elm You may recognise this handsome tree as it lines the recently developed Bendigo Mall. It is the perfect tree for parks and street scapes and holds its foliage for up to ten months of the year. This strain of the elm became available in Australia in the late 1850’s and was a popular choice due to its versatile nature. Enjoying full sun, tolerating poor soils and generally harsh sites this tree is a beautiful and prominent addition to any garden. The dense foliage gives nice shade and the small leaves catch the wind providing movement in the garden.

Acer Palmatum – Red Pygmy This small growing tree is perfect for a compact space and is commonly used in the local area due to its beautiful display of colour. It showcases a green foliage throughout spring and summer with autumn colours varying between yellow, orange and red. This tree prefers moist, well drained soil and should not be planted in an exposed area where hot summer winds may cause stress to the tree.

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on the rise Damien Tangey is the director of Birchgrove Property and gives us an inside look at the property development industry here in Bendigo Photographer: Anthony Webster Did you always plan to go into the land development business? How did this role come about for you?

more time on our growing property business and enjoy the many benefits of a Bendigo lifestyle.

What are the trends you have seen take off during your career in regards to land developments?

Yes, I did always plan a career in property. My father started developing in Strathdale and Strathfieldsaye in 1973 when I was five years old, so I grew up working with property and subdivision and really enjoyed it. After finishing schooling in Bendigo I sought the highest qualification available in property which was a business degree in property at RMIT in Melbourne. I then qualified as a valuer.

What do you love most about your job?

Have you always lived and worked in Bendigo? Tell us a little about your working history?

What are the hours like?

I would not call them trends but more a constant evolution of the marketplace and industry. This is mainly as a result of changing consumer demand and the increasing price of land purchase and production. We are moving away from more typical product offerings with increasing demand for a more diverse range of housing types and price ranges. Rezoning of development areas over the past five years has created the opportunity for a new phase of larger master planned estates with greater levels of open space and amenity. We have also seen a recent increase in density and quality of inner urban opportunities.

No, I lived in Bendigo until I finished HSC before moving to Melbourne at the age of 17 to study. Following my qualification as a valuer, I worked in Melbourne for specialist valuation firms, gaining experience in a wide range of property areas. After 10 years of valuations I purchased a multifaceted business with a fitness centre, childcare centre and swim school that I then progressively redeveloped and managed for around 10 years. In this period my father Barry continued developing housing estates in Bendigo and I remained involved in this process. This led to a lot of travel between Bendigo and Melbourne and with a young family I made the decision eight years ago to sell the Melbourne business and return to Bendigo to live. This enabled me to spend

I enjoy the wide range of challenges that it offers including site purchase, planning, design, financing, construction and marketing. I spend time both in and out of the office every day and deal with a wide range of consumers, consultants and service providers. My role is constantly changing and the challenges never stop. It is very engaging which is what I love most. They are quite long. Professional development businesses are quite diverse now with a wide range of challenges. I like to start early every day but it all takes time and I cannot admit to always finding the right balance for my family. What developments are you currently working on? Rubicon Rise in Jackass Flat is our most recent estate. It comprises 73 lots with Stage one complete and Stage two approaching completion. Marong Links is another project also nearly complete to stage one. We have an estate in Wodonga which has finished construction and the final stage is now for sale. I am also working on a planning proposal for a new neighborhood in Maiden Gully which will go through the formal planning process this year.

Tell us about your favourite job? They have all been pretty good, even my first part time job at Stoneman’s LAS in Long Gully. My journey has provided me with a balanced skill set for what I do now, so as a result operating Birchgrove Property would have to be my favorite. I really enjoy what I do. When you are not working how do you spend your time? My children are busier than I am with activities every night of the week and sport takes up a lot of the weekend. I also spend some time with commitments on several committees. Outside of that socially, I mainly spend time with family and friends. â–

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A great broo Australian owned Broo Beer is now being distributed in the Bendigo area. After concerns regarding the large number of mainstream Australia Beer companies being owned overseas, Craig Bowland felt compelled to be a part of the Broo Beer story. Its founder Kent Grogan borrowed a mate’s van, whacked on his thongs and started selling his beer to other passionate Australians who owned liquor outlets. “I’ve been drinking Broo for over 12 months now, I was always a Carlton Draught or VB drinker but Broo converted me just like that. It tastes like a session-type beer but I pull up the next day feeling great as it has no preservatives in it,” Craig says. Broo has just made history by being the only Australian company to have put in its company constitution that it must always remain Australian owned. Produced by Broo and launching soon is the new Australia Draught beer – you can learn more by visiting www.australiadraught. Broo Beer Bendigo delivers direct to anyone who has a liquor licence including sporting clubs. Contact Craig on 0439 377 416 or for more information on the Broo story visit

news just in The Bendigo business community is thriving with many new fresh faces opening their doors, while others are making some exciting changes. Morgi Mac Based in Bendigo, Morgi Mac is a boutique graphic design studio offering personalised and tailored design solutions. Morgan who is the talented graphic designer behind the business Morgi Mac is a lover of all things art, craft and design and thrives on integrating these elements into her design process. Having completed a Bachelor of Graphic Design/Multimedia and eight years’ industry experience, Morgi Mac provides a wide range of services including graphic design, web design, hand-crafted wedding stationery, event styling, paper crafts including folded books, jewellery and art.

Morgan exhibited her works at the Square Market in December and showcased a range of handmade book and paper decorations including children’s giftware and home wares. Morgan also has a passion for wedding stationery and the charm of handcrafted stationery. “I like to work outside the square to create personalised wedding stationery to suit all needs and budgets.”

How would you like to order your dinner or book a table at a restaurant in Bendigo at the push of a button? Menu Menu is a newly-created phone application (better known as an app) that allows you to do just that. This free app features Bendigo’s takeaway and dine in menus, in the hands of local residents and tourists to the area. You can rate and review restaurants, so others are aware of what’s hot and what’s not and provide ratings on your dining or takeaway experience. The app can tell you what is open at the time of looking through menus. It is a very simple app and the team at Menu Menu have designed it to ensure ease of use.

For more information you can contact Morgan on 0409 661 741, email or visit

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Providing personalised one-on-one service, Morgan who has been described by some of her clients as ‘quirky’ loves to have fun with her work and is always happy to work on new and interesting projects.

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Arlington Beach House Victory for Bendigo Victory Blinds has chosen Bendigo to showcase its new mobile showroom in Australia. The mobile showroom is housed in a Victory van meaning that customers can choose their new window coverings from the comfort of their driveway. The mobile showroom features a slick interior showcasing more than 50 working displays of internal and external window coverings, with each blind individually lit for maximum visibility and air conditioning for complete customer comfort. The window coverings can be easily removed from the mobile van and taken into the customer’s home and showcase against existing decor to make the decision making process simple. Kevin Raftis is the owner and operator of Victory Blinds Bendigo and strives to ensure his customers are pleased. “The unique concept of the mobile showroom means I can bring window coverings to customers’ homes. The ability for customers to be able to touch and feel the product, as well as seeing it in the context of their home, helps their decision making and gives them an added sense of confidence in their purchase,” Kevin says. Kevin will personally visit each and every customer, to arrange free mobile measure and quote in the inspiration Victory mobile showroom, contact Kevin on 13 13 99 or visit

Scanlon Contracting Having just moved to a new location, Scanlon Contracting is a family owned business which has specialised in fencing for more than 20 years in the local area. Home boundary and security fences are among the most visible features of many homes and exposed to weather elements, so it is important that the fence you select is strong, durable, attractive and will also add value to your home. Scanlon Contracting is country Victoria’s largest distributor of Lysaght fencing products and the fencing range boasts exceptional strength and durability. This local business provides quotes five days a week, friendly and prompt service and caters for commercial and residential business as well as the removal of old fencing. Beginning as a one man operation, the business now employs a staff of 12 and with this growth has come a change of business location. Scanlon Contracting is now located at 7-9 Piper Road, East Bendigo. You can contact the team on (03) 5449 3922 or visit

Nestled in the heart of Ocean Grove, Arlington Beach House is the ultimate house for relaxing and entertaining with your family and loved ones. The beach house has five bedrooms and can sleep up to 16 people and also includes three spacious living areas ensuring plenty of space for all members of the family. There is so much entertainment for the kids to keep them occupied at Arlington Beach house including a large swimming pool, table tennis, a spring-free trampoline, Wii and PS3 console and games, toys, boardgames, DVDs and a playground, cricket pitch and basketball courts just through the rear gate of the property. There is a stunning and practical outdoor bar, kitchen and barbecue which provides a wonderful entertaining area. The home is equipped with all the essentials for young families including two port-a-cots, two high chairs, a baby rocker, bed safety rail, a pram, change table and children’s cutlery and toys. From just $325 per night, you and your family can have a beach getaway that all members can enjoy and remember. Stay at Arlington Beach House between now and August 31 and receive a 10 per cent discount just by mentioning you saw this in Bendigo Magazine. For further information visit www.stayz. com/84683?, phone 0402 105 104 or email

Birchgrove Property Developing residential estates in regional Victoria – the origins of Birchgrove Property were established in Bendigo over 35 years ago with catalyst developments in both Strathdale and Strathfieldsaye. This commitment to servicing the growth of Bendigo has continued strongly over time with the current developments being marketed by Birchgrove Property including Rubicon Rise, Marong Links and Evergreen Links. In the past 12 months Birchgrove Property has moved into a stunning new office located at 45 Edwards Road, Strathdale. The team at Birchgrove Property is proud of the contribution they have made to the living environments and neighbourhoods of this vibrant city and look forward to sharing their ongoing commitment to the continued growth of Bendigo in the future. Visit the website at au, call (03) 5442 6464 or drop in and visit the bright and modern new office at 45 Edwards Road Strathdale. ■

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Ned, 17. Photographer: Kim Selby. Les, 1. Photographer: My Little Eye Photography.

A PET ABOVE THE REST We have some very proud pet owners here in Central Victoria and it’s easy to see why with these adorable photos. If you have a cute pet, we would love to hear from you.Please email your high-resolution images to: for publication in our next issue.

Snow, 9 months and Shanero, 5. Photographer: Krystelle Dumesny . Mate, 8 (Pictured with Tilly). Photographer: Kim Selby.

pher: My Little Peggy, 13. Photogra Eye Photography.

Lucy, 9. Photographer: Kerrie Wyatt Photography.


Felix, 4. Photographer: My Little Eye Photography.

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Play Time for Language Development Your babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are the sponges of our community. Writer: Cassie Byres – Speech Pathologist, St John of God In your day it may be a challenge to find time for play with your child. The duties of washing, cleaning, and mealtimes can diminish your free time. But young children learn language through play, as parents provide modeling of words and basic sentence structures to accompany the activity their child is engaged in. And thankfully, young children don’t see the variety of household routines as chores, so with a little creativity, love, and laughter, these routines can be turned into a fun learning experience for you and your child. It’s in the language you use - “Let’s play a game!” Here are some examples. Meal Times I spy - e.g. when looking for condiments. For a toddler you may use a description, “It’s yellow, sticky and bees make it”. For a preschooler you may use the sound/letter it starts with. Songs – the best ones are made up. Most children are drawn to the sing song tune in our voice. It can be as simple as “I’m stiiiiiiring, I’m stiriiiiiiring, I’m stirring away all day”, watch your child’s face light up as you

stir away at the food in the saucepan. The repetition of language gives your child regular language input and also encourages them to imitate. Try leaving the last word off for a toddler in anticipation for them to finish it. Play sets/real time – children use play sets which are excellent for developing the imaginative play skills of toddlers and preschoolers, and children also learn language through direct experience. Add language to what you’re doing in the kitchen. Allow your child to explore the texture, colour, and taste of foods. Use a variety of words including naming words (bowl, spoon, knife), describing words (sharp, smooth, crackle, hot), and action words (stir, scrape, bang). Cleaning Goodnight everyone - give your child a draw string bag or small bucket and as they pick up all of the items off the floor to put inside, model “bye bye Lego”, “bye bye Spider-Man” (they can wave too) until everyone/thing has gone to bed. Same same - children love matching games. You can ask your child to match up their cup, bowl, plate, etc in the dishwasher with

the others in there. The key ingredients when modeling language for your child are: • keep your language at their level so that your child can imitate you (e.g. If your child is starting to join words - “spoon in, stir, mix it, all gone”) • use repetition (e.g. Pick up your child, say “up, up, up”) • follow your child’s lead, as this will ensure their attention and interest on your speech as you add language to the activity. • If you are worried about your child’s speech or language you may need to seek help from a speech pathologist. At St John of God our speech pathologist provides assessment and therapy for all areas of your child’s communication. We work with you to develop a plan that is as individual as your child. ■

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chiropractic care From sports injury recovery to reducing the occurrence of headaches, we learn how a visit to a chiropractor can be beneficial Writer: Dr Deanne Esposito , chiropractor Can chiropractic care help recovery from injury, sports performance and give me the winning edge? Chiropractic care works to enhance the function of the brain and nervous system and therefore improves the communication between the brain and all areas of the body. Stress builds in the body and interferes with nerve function (the chiropractic term is subluxated). Stress comes in three forms; either physical (sporting injuries, poor posture, falls and accidents), mental/emotional (relationship stress, work stress etc) or chemical (pollution, drugs, poor diet etc). The interference of the messages coming from the brain to the body can reduce the body’s ability to function at its best. Chiropractic adjustments help to remove the pressure off the nerves allowing the brain to send messages to all areas of the body via the nervous system. As a result of these messages travelling more efficiently, the body is able to function with more precision. For the athlete who is looking for the added edge to his or her performance, the improved communication between the brain and every part of the body, especially the heart, lungs and muscles, can make the difference

between winning and losing. This is why so many professional sports people are making chiropractic care part of their routine. As far as recovery from injury, chiropractic helps by improving the nerve flow into the injured area to assist in healing as well as making sure the joints are aligned and moving well to assist in reducing the inflammation and healing of the soft tissues. By making sure your body is aligned correctly through chiropractic care this may help in assisting recurrence of injury. I have been suffering with headaches for many years. I feel like I have tried everything except chiropractic. Do you think chiropractic could help? Chiropractic is a natural approach to health, focusing on the relationship between the spine and nervous system. The primary focus of chiropractic is the location, correction and prevention of interference to the nervous system. Interference to the nerves, specifically in the upper neck, can lead to headaches. Chiropractic removes the interference to the nerves allowing them to function optimally and, as a result, can relieve headaches and help in their management. One of the major causes of subluxations

leading to neck and shoulder pain and headaches is poor posture. Poor posture can lead to forward head carriage where your ear is positioned forward of your shoulder. Forward head carriage occurs when people are working over computers all day, with driving, sitting poorly on the couch or poor sleeping posture also contributors. In a study conducted at Macquarie University, specific chiropractic adjustments to the spine significantly reduced migraines in 71 per cent of the people surveyed. The frequency, duration, and severity and amount of medication all decreased markedly. (Tuchin, al.(2000).A randomised controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. JMPT,23(2),91-95.)

If you suffer from headaches why not discover for yourself why there is so much more to chiropractic. Chiropractic is effective in providing safe, natural relief of headaches, not just back pain. ■

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cut above the rest From the secret to being a good hairdresser to the latest hair trends for 2013 – Bendigo TAFE’s Grant McKinnon has it all covered. Writer: Grant McKinnon, course coordinator – hair. Tell us a bit about your hairdressing background. I was born and raised in Gippsland. I had always wanted to be a hairdresser, so I left school at 15 and started my hairdressing career at TAFE by doing Certificate Two in Hairdressing. The salon where I did my placement offered me an apprenticeship. I then moved to Melbourne and worked at a salon that specialised in dreadlocks. I loved the whole experience. Two years later I become a technician for a product company, where I travelled the state training people on how to use their products. I then moved back to Gippsland to take up an offer to teach at TAFE. I continued to work in industry helping out various friends in their salon before becoming artistic director of a large salon. This presented some amazing opportunities including backstage work at the Melbourne and Sydney Fashion Weeks and helping international artists at Hair Expo. I moved to Bendigo two years ago to work at Bendigo TAFE.

What’s the secret to being a good hairdresser? Being passionate and having a genuine interest in the craft and your clientele. You have to be committed to continually educating yourself in the newest techniques and ideas. You need knowledge and technical ability; one is useless without the other. Having a good grasp on the fundamentals will enable you to push the boundaries and develop the creative stuff. What is the difference between supermarket shampoo and conditioner compared with salon products? This is something that I get asked frequently. Most people misdiagnose their hair type in the supermarket aisle. Hairdressers are trained professionals who know your hair type and know their product range well, allowing them to correctly prescribe a home care regime. Professional products have a lot of time and money put into research and development, and are generally more concentrated than supermarket products. Like a mechanic recommending what oil to put in your

engine, hairdressers will recommend products to help keeping your hair as fabulous as the day you stepped out of the salon. What are the latest hair trends? Another great question and it’s one I’m asked a lot. I think the days of “oh it’s short hair this year” or “it’s long hair” have really passed. Hairdressers are drawing their influences from so many places in a world where we are now all global citizens. I think we will continue to see strong outlines and classic shapes for guys in 2013. The Mad Men look seems strong and a lot of guys are experimenting with facial hair. I’m loving the “geek is the new sexy” look on guys. Long loose waves are still hot for women, with an emphasis on unstructured almost bohemian tousled hair. Blondes seem to be cooler and cleaner and there are still very muted pastel shades peeping through. Reds will make a comeback in 2013 and I think a lot of women will follow Anne Hathaway’s example and go for a gamine look. This can look amazing, as long as it’s done right. ■

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The value of good advice Making the right decisions about your finances might seem straightforward, but why leave something so important to chance? Writer: Ash McAuliffe* – Hillross Bendigo Creating and maintaining wealth involves analysis, strategy and discipline, but not everyone has the time or skills to devote to this complex field. People who manage their own financial strategy might not be up to date with changing laws on tax, superannuation and financial markets, nor are they always best placed to dispassionately analyse potential opportunities. A good financial adviser, however, ensures you are better informed and better prepared – now and for the future.

and portfolio management, estate planning, succession planning, debt management, superannuation strategy and retirement planning are all areas where a financial adviser can help clients consolidate and protect their financial position. Using the services of a financial adviser can help you save on tax, pay off debts sooner and take advantage of more investment options. You might even be able to retire sooner or have a better standard of living than you expected in retirement.

Just like accountants, lawyers, doctors and other professionals, the value of the service lies in the adviser’s expertise. He or she will have done the research needed to come up with the best options for you, and your financial strategy will be based only on your needs. Just as importantly, that strategy will be regularly updated to ensure your money is working its hardest for you. For retirees or those operating a business, this is paramount.

Some people only seek financial advice when they are experiencing some sort of crisis or major life change, whether it be an inheritance, the sudden need to make arrangements for an ageing parent, or the establishment or dissolution of a company or trust. While these are obviously good times to talk to an expert, much of the stress of these situations can be avoided by seeking advice early and revisiting regularly.

A financial adviser will assess a client’s goals, tolerance to risk and future needs before developing strategies and providing advice on how to achieve them. Investment, savings

Many financial advisers provide their clients with regular updates by mail or email so they are across the latest news on markets and the economy. This can help demystify

moves in financial markets, interest rates and inflation and any changes to the laws affecting your superannuation or pension. But it’s not just the financial bottom line that is important. Many people who consult financial advisers say that one of the most valuable benefits they receive from having someone with expertise to call on who understands them and their circumstances, is that it leads to a feeling of security or peace of mind about their future – and you can’t put a price on that. *Ash McAuliffe is an Authorised Representative of Hillross Financial Services Pty Ltd, ABN 77 003 323, AFS Licence No. 232705. McAuliffe Wealth Management Pty Ltd ABN 60 160 808 962 is a Corporate Authorised Representative of Hillross Financial Services. Any advice given is general only and has not taken into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this, before acting on any advice, you should consult a financial planner to consider how appropriate the advice is to your objectives, financial situation and needs.

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13 Tips for ‘13 Tax 13 isn’t a number commonly associated with positive results, so we would like to share some ways you can reduce your tax this year and make 2013 your lucky number. Writer: Jacob Lea – your taxation specialist We take a look at 13 common categories of expenses which may be deductable in your individual tax return. 1. Motor vehicle – For work-related car use, excluding home to work travel. 2. Travel expenses – Work-related travel expenses such as car hire, tolls, public transport, parking. You can also claim the costs of accommodation and meals if you are away from home overnight. 3. Uniforms – Compulsory uniform, protective or occupational-specific clothing purchases, excluding everyday clothing. 4. Laundry – Laundry and dry cleaning of work uniforms and clothing. 5. Safety – Items such as boots, protective clothing, safety glasses and sun protection. 6. Self-education costs – These can be claimed if there is a direct connection between the course/education you are undertaking and your current employment. Expenses include textbooks, stationery, computers, travel and, in some cases, course fees. 7. Fees – If you pay annual fees for registration to a professional body you

are entitled to claim a deduction for these expenses. Examples of fees are union fees, professional body memberships, trade fees and registrations. 8. Tools and equipment – When used in connection with your work such as power tools, computers, software et cetera. 9. Home office – If you use part of your home principally or solely for work purposes, a portion of certain work-related costs can be claimed as a deduction. 10. Income protection insurance – You are entitled to a tax deduction for insurance premiums paid against the loss of income. This does not include life insurance. 11. Donations – Donations of $2 or more to an approved charitable organisation are tax deductible if you have a receipt. 12. Medical expenses – You are entitled to claim a tax offset of 20 per cent for net medical expenses over $2,120. High income earners who have an adjusted taxable income over the Medicare levy surcharge threshold ($84,000 for individuals and $168,000 for couples and families), will face an increased threshold of $5,000 and

a reduced offset rate of 10 per cent. 13. Tax agent fees – Don’t forget tax agent fees paid during the year are also an allowable tax deduction. The above list is not exhaustive of all the deductions available to individuals, rather it is a general guide of common deductions. An important note to remember is your record keeping requirements. You must be able to substantiate your claims if the total amount of deductions exceeds $300. Finally, if you use a registered tax agent you will receive a significant extension of time to lodge your income tax return. Otherwise you must lodge your income tax return by October 31. We hope 2013 is your lucky number. For any questions or further information, please contact one of our professional accountants at AFS & Associates who will be able to assist with your 2013 tax return. ■


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Plastic Surgery Congress As a professional it is always inspirational to see difficult and controversial problems being overcome often in unexpected ways. Writer: Richard W Dickinson – Bendigo Plastic Surgery This five day congress was held in Melbourne, a great venue, many international speakers and very exciting treatments were presented and discussed.


Plastic Surgery is progressing at the forefront of tissue engineering, reconstructing patients by controlling cell growth, without scars rather than suture and thread. Many treatments were presented and the standout ones included, face transplantation and breast surgery with scarless fat transplants.

The donor patient and family are treated with utmost dignity including immediate construction of a perfectly modelled face prosthesis. Thanks to a very large but tight knit team of 25 health carers and support staff a similar team could be operational in Melbourne in the next year.

Australian surgeons are at the forefront of these developments. We are not only researching this responsibly, but introducing this carefully into patient care. Professor Julian Pribaz presented his hospital’s experience with face transplants.

Breast surgery without scars is now a reality. St Vincent’s Hospital Research Institute has been at the forefront of collaborative research. This is now part of treatment programs at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne under Professor Wayne Morrison.

This controversial treatment has been under both scientific and ethical scrutiny for at least five years and now has a clear place in management of horrendous injuries or disease. Patients receiving the transplants would otherwise face a life of total recluse and inhuman quality but now can live a very full and inclusive life in society.

Professor Roger Khouri from Miami presented his scarless approach to both breast reconstruction and enlargement. He has worked collaboratively with many international surgeons, including those from Australia. He prepares the breast area with a skin suction device, the BRAVA, and then transplants fat to the pretreated breast region.

The life-threatening risks of their immune treatment has not eventuated and is well

This is a stepped treatment, over a number of stages, but with enthusiastic patient

Many patients receive not only a new face but also limbs and hands from the generous donor, further improving their lives.

participation, achieves very pleasing results. This approach completely alleviates the problems, although uncommon, of breast implants. The treatment is performed in hospital but often as a day case procedure. Since breast treatment must not increase the risk of breast cancer, this new treatment is being monitored very carefully and closely, but after more than five years use in over 1000 patients, it appears this potential risk is not arising. It is likely this treatment will quickly become available throughout Australia, including Bendigo. One word of caution, only surgeons with extensive knowledge and experience with fat grafting should perform this treatment. Patients must be followed up closely and regularly for life. It is currently not an option for patients with a strong family history of breast cancer. Always ask your surgeon about their personal experience, training and credentials before agreeing to this treatment. ■

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What if reading this helped you find some extra moneY? I thought I’d start this article by asking you a question. When was the last time you looked at your banking arrangements? I mean… really looked? Writer: Darren Eldridge - NAB Bendigo branch manager The media constantly talks about changes in interest rates, and how this will either save or cost us money. Too often people think saving on interest is the only way they can find extra money. This article is dedicated to giving you some thought-provoking questions, which might uncover ways you can find some extra money. Have you ever stopped to look over your bank statements? If not, I really encourage you to have a look at the charges on your statement. Normally fees will be disclosed at the end of each month. Ask yourself can you avoid these fees? It could be as simple as walking an extra block to use your own bank’s ATM or getting cash out at EFTOPS. At around $2.50 per use of another bank’s ATM, doing this once a week will cost $130 a year…. (Imagine if you were doing this twice a week) Have you considered where you bank? Does your bank offer ‘fee free’ Banking? Are you paying fees each month? Is there a better

product for you? $10 per month doesn’t sound like much, but over a year that’s $120. Add your ATM fees and that’s $250 per year. Ouch! I was speaking to a close friend recently about credit cards. They have four different cards in their wallet…. That’s four annual fees each year….If each fee was $80, that’s $320 you are throwing away, why not consolidate them into one card and only have one fee? Banks will offer special deals on interest rates if you transfer your card/s from other institutions. For example, if you are paying interest on your credit card balance each month you are paying somewhere around 20 percent per annum in interest…. What if I could reduce that to as little as one percent on existing balances? People have varying views on credit cards. Let me ask you this – other than the perception that credit cards have high interest rates, what else do you know? How about built in extras such as travel insurance, extended

warranty insurance, purchase protection Insurance just to name a few. Do you pay for these when you could be getting them for free? What about the reward programs? I just updated my computer and it hardly cost me a thing thanks to my rewards points – that means more money in my pocket at the end of the day. My final advice in this edition is to ring your bank and ask what they can do for you? And make this question an annual event. Things change in the world of finance all the time so reviewing your position is essential. We’d love the opportunity to meet with you to discuss any of the above. Feel free to contact us here at NAB Bendigo, Strath Village or Eaglehawk. ■

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AN ENTRY INTO THE PROPERTY MARKET Uncovering the mystery of buying into the Bendigo property market, knowing how to prepare to purchase and understanding eligibility for a mortgage loan. Writer: Mark Erskine, Director YourLand Developments The Bendigo property market is hot right now and all signs moving forward are looking good. New infrastructure works and industry growth such as the hospital placing pressure on available housing with increased residential occupancy and therefore property prices. On top of this, Bendigo’s current vacancy rate is at under one per cent, demonstrating that now is a prime time to enter the property market with the forecast influx of new residents only going to increase this high demand and low supply. Bendigo land supply One of Bendigo best features is also the city’s restriction to land supply. Two thirds of our city is bordered by Crown Bushland Land. Areas such as Strathdale, Kangaroo Flat and Golden Square cannot expand, creating a lack of available land and upward pressure on house prices. I would encourage those with a desire to buy in these suburbs to seriously consider purchasing soon, as the old saying goes “They are not making any more of it”.

Achieving a home loan Something we are finding, despite the strength of the Bendigo economy, is purchasers coming across barriers when it comes to getting finance. Despite running the figures and being able to afford the property, when it comes to meeting with the bank without being able to demonstrate three-months’ genuine savings, achieving a home loan is difficult. To ensure you don’t fall into this trap and lose your dream home or chosen piece of land speak to your bank manager before you commence looking so you are prepared when you do find the place for you.

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An option for those seeking an entry into the market is purchasing land now and building a home later, the advantage here is you buy at today’s prices and once you have sufficient funds can build your dream home. This helps to secure your future and that piece of land you want, important when we consider the low supply conditions.

YourLand lends its attention to creating new residential opportunities within existing suburbs with existing infrastructure such as schools, sporting facilities, supermarkets and easy access to roads for direct entry to the CBD or Melbourne. Also important are elements like biking and walking trails and surrounding natural environment along with security and safety. These aspects lend to the

This is the best piece of advice I can provide. If you are even considering entering the property market, commence looking now. Carrying out thorough research before purchasing is beneficial in many ways. Do your research and ensure you are able to show three months’ genuine savings to your bank. ■

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Following in Moses’ footsteps Jordan is home to some notable biblical sites, but the ancient city of Petra is the most spectacular, un-missable sight of all. Writer and photographer: Vicki Harrington

Like Moses, after descending Mt Sinai in Egypt, we headed off to find our own promised land, the Kingdom of Jordan. According to the story, Moses miraculously parted the waters of the Red Sea and walked through the Gulf of Aqaba, but we had to take a ferry. We waited all day for the port authorities to decide the departure time. There were no schedules, just a promise that the ferry would depart “in the afternoon”. We finally set sail about 5pm and on board found a large duty free shop selling rubber chickens, saucepan sets and clothes pegs, but no liquor, cigarettes or perfume in sight; it was more like a $2 shop. We arrived in Aqaba, Jordan’s only sea port, after dark and soon discovered water is very precious commodity in Jordan. After a long day traveling, we were looking forward to refreshments and a shower. Sadly, the hotel had beer but no water. It is turned off nightly at 7pm, so after retiring minus the shower and no flushing, we were very relieved to find all plumbing operational early next morning. First up we headed for Wadi Rum, a series of valleys, about two kilometres wide and

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stretching 130 kilometres in length. Among the valleys the desert landscape of sand and rocks is punctuated by towering jebels (mountains). The valley floors are about 900 metres above sea level with the epic Jebel Rum (1754m) dominating the main valley. You may have heard of this area via Lawrence of Arabia, who spent time in these parts during the Arab revolt in 1917-18, and it was also part of the very ancient silk route.
 We believe Moses and his lot spent years wandering around in the desert in search of their Promised Land, but we had no trouble discovering ours in a few days with the assistance of our very own sheik, Ali, as a tour guide. A sheik is the elder or mayor of his village and our sheik was the chief of a bunch of Bedouin desert dwellers in the village of Wadi Rum. A sheik is distinguishable by his attire and mannerisms; he wears a typical long white flowing robe (a dish dash) and a white head cloth (gut rah) with a black donut band (algal) holding it in place. One of his most distinguishable characteristics is the way he sits or rather reclines on the ground or furniture. 

We met Ali and his 4WD at the information centre overlooking the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a huge rock formation mentioned in Lawrence’s book. 

 It was hardly a vehicle fit for a sheik, just a very beat up old Toyota with a grubby fluffy mat on the dashboard, lots of spare parts and rubbish on the floor and a somewhat unreliable starter motor. Along the way to our overnight camp, we sipped tea in a Bedouin tent with some of Ali’s people. While he was describing the hardships they endure daily, he had to stop and pull a shrilling mobile phone from the deep pockets of his robe, which took the edge off the hard luck story. Later that day, we climbed giant sand dunes, gingerly walked across a narrow rock suspension bridge, watched a brilliant sunset, ate a traditional meal cooked in the ground and fell asleep on mattresses under a clear sky watching the shooting stars. Next day, we arrived at the fantastic rosecolored city of Petra. It begins with a one-kilometre walk through the Siq, a large, natural gorge in the rocks eventually opening to the amazing view of the Treasury building, immortalised by


the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordering Jordan, Israel and the West Bank.

Quite an experience and now off the bucket list.

An awe-inspiring sight, the tall structure is completely carved out of the pink-colored sandstone and is so much bigger and more impressive in real life than in any movie.

At over 400 metres below sea level, it is the earth’s lowest point, it is more 350 metres deep and has 33.7 per cent salinity, almost 10 times saltier than the ocean.

From the Dead Sea we followed Moses’ track up Mt Nebo. It was from here he saw the Promised Land he had been searching for.

Built by the Nabataeans around the sixth century BC, it was a complete city of rock-cut architecture, including an amphitheatre, royal tombs, temples, and a monastery with an ingenious water conduit system.

The vast stretch of water receives a number of incoming rivers, including the River Jordan, and once the waters reach the landlocked Dead Sea they evaporate, leaving behind a dense, rich, cocktail of salts and minerals.

Exploring the extensive World Heritage Site requires at least one day, preferably two, including a an evening visit when the Treasury building is magically candlelit.

There are no fish or creatures living in or near the water because it is deadly to living things, hence the name, the Dead Sea.

After a couple of days solid walking through the ruins, we capped off the Petra experience with a Jordanian cooking class. The class was eight students led by two good-humored, English-speaking chefs all looking very professional in our Mastercheftype aprons and brandishing really sharp knives. Our tutors were very particular, making sure we chopped and sliced the ingredients to exact proportions before we did plenty of cooking and pot stirring. Afterwards we all sat down to enjoy the delicious traditional meal together. After Petra, we once again found ourselves following Moses’ trail to the Dead Sea.

Fish swimming into the waters from the freshwater streams that feed it are killed instantly, their bodies quickly become coated with a layer of salt crystals and then they are tossed onto the shore by the wind and the waves, becoming instant salted fish. But the Dead Sea is not deadly to humans with the mineral-rich waters and therapeutic black mud attracting visitors since ancient times including King Herod and Cleopatra. In mid-summer, it must also be one of the hottest places on earth. It was a scorching 45C degrees the day we took a dip in the warm, greasy-feeling water. It is not like swimming in the ocean, more like bobbing about like a cork or sitting, due to the buoyancy caused by the high concentration of dissolved mineral salts.

It must have been mid winter when he was there, because it looked anything but promising when we saw it in mid summer with a dense heat haze simmering above it. According to the story, Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land with the Israelites, apparently punishment from above for a previous misdemeanor. So when the happy Israelites trooped off, Moses remained on Mt Nebo until his demise. Today, a monument at the top of the mountain marks his passing. Mt Nebo might have been the end of the road for Moses but for us it was just another stop on our amazing journey through the arid Jordanian landscape. There was much more to see, like the famous Byzantine mosaics of Madaba, the impressive Roman ruins of Jerash, the modern, bustling capital city of Amman and finally, the huge, largely intact crusader castle at Krak des Chevaliers. Despite being squeezed between the hotspots of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Syria, Jordan is one of the safest and most welcoming countries in the region. ■

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POLE POSITION Slide into this dance studio and discover a fitness craze where the perception and the reality are really poles apart... Writer: Raelee Tuckerman - Photographer: David Field Behind black and purple drapes, the music is pumping and women are contorting their bodies around 10 shiny, silver, floor-to-ceiling poles in a sweaty mix of skin on steel. But this is not some seedy corner of Melbourne’s nightclub district – it’s High Street in Golden Square. And instead of making money from their moves, most of these ladies are paying for the privilege of learning to perform the ballerina, the crucifix, the shoulder mount and more. Welcome to the world of pole fitness – the extreme exercise gaining popularity around the globe. “I don’t think there’s any other form of exercise I could compare it to,” says Charlie Lemdon, teacher and owner of Bendigo’s PhysiPole studio, which opened almost two years ago and now has around 120 devotees aged from 18 to their mid-60s. “It works on your flexibility, core strength, quad strength, even your wrist strength from gripping the pole. It’s great for your abs because your core strength has to be insane to hold some of the moves. “We always say that we teach pole fitness though, not pole dancing, because that lets people know we really focus on the fitness side of things.” While the mere mention of pole lessons

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may once have raised eyebrows, Charlie says old-fashioned views are giving way to acceptance as more people become aware of what the classes involve and appreciate the skills required. Contrary to popular belief, not all pole dancers wear lingerie and stilettos. “You don’t need to wear high heels, though we encourage it because it gives the calves and thighs a better workout if you do,” Charlie says. “It’s the same with clothes. In the higher levels, less clothing is better because you need to use your body to grip onto the pole. But you can get through wearing a singlet and shorts.” PhysiPole has developed a syllabus from beginner level one up to level 10 and elite, with students assessed after each eightweek term. It also offers casual strength classes that don’t involve the poles, spinning and burlesque courses, as well as fun-filled hen’s nights. “When you first start, you learn how to climb the pole, how to spin, and how to let go of the pole and be in a crucifix position,” explains Charlie, who started out as a student at the original PhysiPole in Ballarat, entered a pole dancing competition and was approached to set up a local franchise on

the basis of her performance. “Classes consist of a warm-up, learning some new moves, putting the moves into a routine, then strength work at the end. We have some students who just come once a week for a class, but many get addicted to it and end up doing three or four a week.” In her other life, 25-year-old Charlie works full time as a payroll officer at Bendigo Health, but she still spends six, sometimes seven days at week at the studio teaching or training. One of her big success stories is Laura Wilding. “I was one of Charlie’s very first students,” says Laura. “I was level one when the studio opened in September 2011 but I got fasttracked after reaching level four – now I’m one of the teachers.” I watch her demonstrate a shoulder mount to today’s level four class before encouraging them to have a go (picture leaning back with the pole against your shoulders, grasping it above your head, then pulling yourself upside down with legs akimbo). She makes it look easy, but seeing some students struggle on their early attempts and emerge with red marks on their back has me thinking pole dancing could be quite painful. “Pretty much every move hurts,” Laura, 21, laughs. “Well, it does if you are doing it

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right, because you’re using your skin to grip the pole. You get bruises everywhere but, as they say, pain is gain. In here, bruises are like trophies.” Leanne Holt has been working the pole for 12 months, since her daughters convinced her it was the best fitness activity they’d ever done and urged her to have a go. It was something the 48-year-old never imagined herself doing, but she loves her weekly lessons and has seen a big improvement in her strength and ability. “At the start, I thought, what the hell am I doing here, why am I doing this, it hurts. “I couldn’t lift myself up at first – I’d just hang on to that pole and go up for about two seconds if I was lucky before I had to get down. But that’s changed over time. “It is a bit of fun and we can all have a laugh.” Out in the foyer awaits a nervous-looking group of newbies about to step into the studio for their first level one class. Among them is Clarissa Ayres who has come with a couple of friends after hearing about PhysiPole on Facebook. “I want to get fit and I love dancing so this sounds like a really good way to do both, and socialise as well,” she says. “I have absolutely no idea what to expvect.” I sit in and watch as the students learn the “sexy walk”, then progress to a “momentum” spin and repeated “body rolls” on the pole. Laughter abounds as apprehension disappears. Two days later, I call Clarissa back to find out how she fared and discover the 22-year-old business graduate is really feeling the effects of her new regime. “It was great fun and it didn’t feel like a workout at the time... but you definitely wake up feeling very sore afterwards,” she says. “I can hardly bend over and I can’t

Pole fitness works on your flexibility, core strength and quad strength.

crouch down either. It was much more than what I expected.”

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championships in the discipline.

Pole dancing is not purely a female domain, either. Google the name Matty Shields and watch this super-fit dancer wow the TV judges during auditions for Australia’s Got Talent.

But, by reports, it’s an all-over workout well worth considering if you want to get fit, have fun, and perfect a party trick or two. If you’re not convinced, swing by and see for yourself.

I’m still not sure if pole dancing could be classified as a sport, even though there are regional, state, national and even world

For more details about PhysiPole Bendigo classes, contact Charlie on 0457 004 577 or visit ■

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The German company has had a compact hatchback in the range wearing the A badge before, of course. And it was a fairly obvious and relatively successful stab at introducing the younger and less affluent among us into a four-wheeled device wearing a Merc badge. And while it did a reasonable job at being a cheap and cheerful hatchback, neither the depth of quality or the driving experience were up to the brand’s lofty standards. In short, the old car didn’t feel like a proper Mercedes-Benz. Enter the new generation, a clean-sheet approach that’s completely new from the tyre treads up. And what’s clear from the outside is that the A-Class is no longer merely an entry point for the badge, just a genuine full-fruit Benz experience in a more compact size. The wholesale revamp is obvious in its

exterior styling – or “design” as car heads like to describe it. Gone is the rather upright and stodgy look of old, replaced by a noticeably lower, broader shouldered, sportier image. Rich and contemporary? You bet. Importantly, from the entry-level A180 model, starting from a wallet-friendly $35,600 before on-road costs, through to range-topping and rather excellent turbocharged A 250 Sport ($49,990), the whole range has flare. And to the degree that few other proper hatchbacks out there – not too many of its own Mercedes stablemates – come near to matching. There are currently four A-Classes to choose from – the aforementioned entry and treetopping variants as well as choice of middle ground A 200 models, one petrol and one turbodiesel, both priced at $40,900. And here we’ll be giving the latter the once over, mainly because, for the rigours of regional living, the

diesel really makes a whole lot of sense. How so? For a start, the 1.8-litre turbodiesel fitted to the 200 CDI is significantly more frugal than petrol 200. We’re talking a stunning 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres if you’re feather footed with the throttle pedal. Not that the 1.6-litre turbo petrol is a slouch – it returns an exceptional 6.1 litres per 100. The diesel, too, has drivability advantages. Although, at 100kW, the CDI lacks the 115kW petrol’s power, it benefits from a lusty 300Nm of torque (the petrol has 250Nm). The CDI feels more urgent on the move, be it tolling around in traffic or overtaking on the motorway, where the diesel’s effortless shove provides a more satisfying and useable experience. Both engines are backed by the latest seven-speed twin-clutch transmissions, a gearbox that

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seems to automatically shift ratios more intuitively and comfortably when mated to torquey engines. The electric power steering, too, is delightfully crisp, direct and offers a lot of feel for the road through its rim. The A 200s run on 18-inch run-flat tyres. Traditionally run-flats translate to a pretty hard ride regardless of how well damped the suspension settings are, though the latest tyre tech and polished tuning of the chassis conspire to a level of ride comfort you’d expect from a car wearing a Merc badge. Speaking of which, the A-Class finally feels like a proper Merc from perhaps the most important place of all: behind the wheel. The seats are well bolstered and quite sporty, the seating position nice and low,

and it’s roomy inside for its size. Packaging wise, it tread the line been smart styling and commodious design well. The dials, details and switchgear will be very familiar to owners of other Merc vehicles and, frankly, that’s precisely the point: taking the brand’s premium cache and shrinking down to small car proportions.

Local boy,13-year-old Kyle Fitzsimmons is a car enthusiast and was keen to share his views on the new Mercedes A Class and get his foot in the door so to speak as a motor car writer. My family have just purchased a Mercedes–Benz and I was really excited to jump in the passenger seat of the new A–Class when we were out visiting the show room recently. It’s a sharp looking car and I’m pretty sure red cars really do go faster. The AGM package is my favourite feature of the car, as well as the sunroof. It just opened up the whole car and with the windows down it almost felt like a convertible. I love that you can stream all of your music through the car without even needing to touch your iPad. I love how quiet the ride is in the A 200 and when you put it in sports mode it felt like it just flew, but you could still hear the hum of the engine which lots of car enthusiasts enjoy hearing. I would have liked the A-Class to feature Bi-Xenon headlights as I think you have much better sight with these lights, however I do love the look of the wheels and the lowered suspension. I felt pretty cool driving around in this car – I have a real passion for German cars, especially Mercedes-Benz and I think the kids at school would have been pretty impressed. I think when I grow up I’d love my first car to be a Mercedes-Benz. Then maybe an AMG of some description. My third car would be an S 63, then a S65. Then I’m thinking a C-Class, perhaps the whole alphabet! I would keep my S Class and then get an ML or a GL for the family. When I retire I think an SLS would be a good option.

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And that’s really the A-Class in a nutshell. Here’s the world’s oldest car company re-entering today’s hottest car segment, that of the premium small car. With rivals such as Volkswagen’s stunning Golf setting the benchmarks, the new A-Class had to be much better than simply good. It had to be exceptional everywhere. Mercedes-Benz put a lot of effort into getting the new A-Class right, such is its importance in the marque’s range. Effort that has paid some very handsome dividends indeed. The A-Class has gone from very much an also ran to pretty much the leader of the small car pack.

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Bendigo Magazine Issue 31 Winter 2013